Before the Russian Grand Prix, f1news.ru invited readers to ask questions to Kimi Räikkönen. They were sent several hundred questions – and selected the most interesting, unusual and popular, and in Sochi, the Alfa Romeo driver answered them.
Question (Natalya, Zhukovsky): Kimi, you give the impression of a calm, mature and strong-willed person who is not afraid of anything. However, was there a case in your racing career or everyday life that really scared you and made you rethink your values?
Kimi Räikkönen: It’s not about fear. You do what you have to do, try to avoid stupid things – so far I have succeeded. Of course, there are dangerous moments in our sport, but they are part of the game, and you don’t think too much about them.
Question: (Victor, Surgut): Has your attitude to life changed after you became the father of two children?
Kimi Räikkönen: I don’t think so. Of course, with the arrival of children, you have new priorities and responsibilities, but, in my opinion, life has not changed compared to the one I had before the birth of the kids.
Question: (Aleksey, Gomel): Most children aged 4-5 years old only master the bike, while your son Robin is already learning to ride a motorcycle. Is this the result of your special approach to education or just heredity?
Kimi Räikkönen: I would not say that this is due to a special approach or heredity. I am sure that if the children wanted to play football or the piano, they would ask me about it.
Question (Andrei, Petrozavodsk): Do you plan to take on the role of coach for Robin in the future, similar to that played by Jos Verstappen with Max?
Kimi Räikkönen: If the children ask for help, then I will give them advice. However, I do not think that I will continue to appear in the paddock after the end of my racing career.
Question (Timofey, Minsk): What is your advise to young racers?
Kimi Räikkönen: Be patient, fast and work hard to fulfill your dream! However, keep in mind that everyone is different, and if a certain approach worked for one person, not necessarily it will work for another.
Question (Sergey, Krasnodar): Is modern Formula 1 different from what it was 10-15 years ago? What major changes have occurred? A different atmosphere, new rules?
Kimi Räikkönen: Sport has changed. Now there is more work with the press and sponsors compared to when I started my career. Racing has become more “sterile”, but in the end it all comes down to the fact that twenty guys in fast cars are chasing along a track. The concept has remained the same.
Question (Alexei, Moscow): Can you describe in three words the teams for which you competed in Formula 1?
Kimi Räikkönen: I can characterize Alfa Romeo – my team.
Question (Anatoly, Simferopol): If you had to fly to the moon with three Formula 1 drivers, who would you choose?
Kimi Räikkönen I am not sure that I want to spend so much time with Formula 1 drivers!
Question (Oleg, Kursk): As a racer, you have visited many countries. Is there any special place where you like the most?
Kimi Räikkönen It would be great if a Formula 1 race was held in Finland. Many Finnish fans come to each race, and I would be pleased if my home race were part of the championship.