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Raikkonen in love with F1 again
Thursday, 01 November 2007

kimi small4World champion Kimi Raikkonen says he has “fallen in love” with Formula 1 again during his hugely successful first season at Ferrari and says he heads into his holidays already looking forward to 2008.

The Finn celebrated his and the team’s title successes at the Italian squad’s annual end-of-season event at Mugello last weekend, with the tifosi given its first chance to hail its latest title-winning driver.


Raikkonen has been open in admitting he has felt more relaxed since joining Ferrari at the start of the season after five years at McLaren.

And while he is now keen to switch off from F1 for a while after a hectic year of racing and testing – he admits that will be more difficult than normal after such an enjoyable season.

“I'll try to chill out as much as I can and charge up my batteries,” he said of his holiday plans after flying back to Finland to celebrate his success with friends.

“I drove almost every week during the last season and now is the time to think of something else than four wheels.

“I'll try to forget Formula 1 a bit, but that will be difficult. “This year was really special to me. “I can say that I fell in love again with this sport.”

While the 28-year-old has been criticised since becoming an F1 front-runner for displaying a lack of emotion, he has not shied away from expressing his joy at becoming world champion since winning the title in Brazil.

Ferrari’s top brass celebrated with is workforce at its Maranello base last week, before its World Finals event over the weekend – two days which Raikkonen says have allowed him to properly mark the achievement.

“These were joyful days with many celebrations,” he said. “It seems I can't stop smiling. "Wherever I go there are people who congratulate me. “It seems that everybody in Italy is as happy as I am!

“I was really happy and very proud being part of the Ferrari family when I saw all the fans celebrating.”

He adds that he is not expecting to return to the track until the pre-Christmas tests at the earliest. But he says that when he does drive again he will be more motivated than ever for next season.

“I won't go to the tests in November in Barcelona, but I might be back on the track in December,” he said. “It will be great to start my second year with Ferrari now that I won the title.

It will be a new challenge, even more exciting, because I want to feel this joy again, one more time!”


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