Kimi Raikkonen reckons not much has changed in F1, he just understands "all the bullsh*t" a lot better...
Kimi Raikkonen reckons not much has changed in F1, he just understands "all the bullsh*t" a lot better.
Raikkonen walked away from Formula One at the end of the 2009 season after Ferrari and the Finn opted to part ways with the Italian stable paying him off.
The 2007 World Champion made a welcome return to the paddock this season, racing for Lotus with whom he's already secured five podium finishes.
But while Raikkonen's talent definitely hasn't change, neither has the 32-year-old's attitude towards F1 especially when asked the same questions over and over.
"Nothing has changed for me," he told Totalrace.br. "Okay the team is different.
"It's great to here (at Lotus). This team is more peaceful. They want to win but the mood is different from other teams. I have no complaints."
Asked if he could happily stay away from journalists, he laughed and said: "These are the same questions! Nothing has changed.
"I know what happens in F1. I've been here long enough to understand the bullsh*t surrounding the sport. People try to create stories. I don't care. Sometimes good, sometimes not but I don't worry about it.
"You have to work at your job and stop looking at this kind of thing as it will probably make you angry which doesn't help.
"I live my own life as relaxed as possible."
The Lotus racer, though, concedes that sponsorship events and the media are all part of the game.
"Everyone knows that driving is just part of the job - and of course for us is the principal part. But there are other things, because there is big money involved in the sport so it's not surprising.
"People are more of less the same, we go to other places but the races are more or less the same."