The Lotus speedy Kimi Raikkonen claimed his first victory for three years on Sunday as Sebastian Vettel clutched on to his title lead by finishing third in a remarkable and safety car interrupted Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
2007 world champion the Finn, who come-back to F1 this season following a two-year absence, grabbed his victory after dominant leader Lewis Hamilton was forced into retirement by a fuel failure on his machine.
Kimi says that Circuit of the Americas is his third new circuit of the season and most of all, he expecting optimistic situation in Austin for Lotus and also he added that he like American atmosphere and he hope Formula One gets people as eager to enjoy our racing in Texas, too.
“It will be the third new circuit for me this year and most of all, a brand new place for every team and every driver as well. Korea and India were both new to me, but I had seen the previous races on TV. I don’t know anything about Austin, just the name Circuit of the Americas. I have always liked to go to new places as it adds a bit of additional excitement. I’m particularly looking forward to this one. I like the American atmosphere, it’s just a relaxed environment; they know how to have fun and, most of all, they love racing.” Raikkonen said.
“I competed in seven Grand’s Prix at Indianapolis. Unfortunately the one time I felt I had a really strong car there was in 2005 when only six cars raced and I wasn’t one of them. I did get pole position in 2003, but none of the races are ones I remember well. Last year I tried NASCAR.”
The Finn added “I did two races on the Charlotte oval and I really liked it a lot. That was probably the experience I needed to open my eyes for racing again. After that I really wanted to come back to Formula One, while it was a tempting idea to do more NASCAR, too. After seeing the excitement of the American NASCAR fans I hope Formula One gets people as eager to enjoy our racing in Texas, too.”