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6 November 2012

Raikkonen "it's just another win on the list"

Despite taking a brilliant victory at the Yas Marina circuit, Kimi Raikkonen see's it as "just another win on the list".
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Kimi is regarded for his cool and honest personality, but he does feel the team deserve it and that it is just what the team needed.

Kimi discussed the win in a Q and A with his team.

When asked how his 19th win stacks up against the rest, he responded saying "To be honest it’s just another win on the list for me. It’s great of course, because it’s been a few years, but the wins prior to this one were very similar; we didn’t have the best car, but we fought and still won. It’s great to win now, so people will stop asking me if I can win or not, and at least it makes it a bit clearer."

However despite dubbing the victory "just another win", he was happy for the team. "I’m very happy for the team - and myself - but mainly for the all the crew here and everyone at Enstone. It’s been a hard season and I feel this win is well deserved for everyone and just what we need. It’s also something great for all the fans who have continued to support me and the team."

He also admitted that the past few races have not been too strong. "We’ve not had the easiest time in the last few races. Hopefully this gives everyone more belief, not just for everyone working at the track and at the factory, but for everyone behind the scenes running the team. I hope this can turn around the tables and give us many more good races and wins ; if not this year, then next year."

His emotions were common, happy but no wild celebrations. "I’m happy, but there’s nothing to jump around about. We still have a few races to go, I’ll try to do the same again. For sure, we’re going to have a good party tonight and hopefully tomorrow, when we are feeling bad after a long night, we will remember how we feel. I’m just happy for everybody in the team."

There is no doubt that Raikkonen's brilliant start set him up for the eventual victory. He said "It was key to get behind the faster car and not get stuck behind cars that aren’t as fast as us. We had a good position on the grid and we made it better at the start. I think we’ve had some very good starts before and compared to the others, today was a pretty normal start on our scale. I managed to pass Mark (Webber) and Pastor )Maldonado) before I changed into second gear. I’d had a very good practice start on the warm-up lap so I knew this was going to be good."

The team also asked him about the celebrations of the win. His response was typical Kimi. "I have almost two weeks. As long as I manage to get myself to the next race I think the team is happy. Maybe I will try to get home at some point. "

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