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Old 28 Apr 2003, 20:59 (Ref:583196)   #1
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Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren - can they continue their current form?

He's doing very well at the moment, and fair play to him. But I can't help thinking that once the new Ferrari comes out, Schumacher and Barrichello will leave Raikkonen and McLaren for dead. I'm not sure that Raikkonen will be able to keep motivated after a great start to his season if that happens.
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Old 28 Apr 2003, 21:11 (Ref:583205)   #2
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what happens if the new farrari doent live up to expectations and the mclaren improves kimmi ony needs to hold second to schmi to make it a hard slog for him go kimi and mclaren lets see a new world order.
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Old 28 Apr 2003, 21:16 (Ref:583212)   #3
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I'm not sure that Kimi will be able to take it all th way to Michael (even with this lead), but I don't think motivation will be an issue.

Last year he had his problems. Lots of mechanical problems (unluckyness in other's world!) and a mess up that lost him his win in Magny-Cours, but motivation was not a problem. Especially through Pouhon!
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Old 28 Apr 2003, 21:39 (Ref:583234)   #4
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Personally I dont think Mac is doing that great. Its just that Ferrari were doing poorly. Look what happened in the last race. The first three could have been the same had it not been for mistakes and bad luck.

Kimi makes mistakes, he is fast but he also seems to crack a little under pressure. With more experience he should be very good but right now I feel there is a little more hype that hap where he is concerned.
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Old 28 Apr 2003, 21:54 (Ref:583248)   #5
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That'll be interesting to see. How much better is the new Ferrari than the old one and how long will it be before the new Mac is ready?

Interesting. Verrrrrry interesting indeed.
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Old 28 Apr 2003, 22:48 (Ref:583275)   #6
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Kimi makes mistakes, but he's like Schumi in that he doesn't make them in the race, or they're not big enough to mean a DNF. When was the last time Kimi spun out of a race, or crashed into another driver during a race? He spun out at Hockenheim, but that was caused by a flat tyre, in Monaco RB punted him... He is very consistent. More so than JPM, DC or RS.

If McLaren can stay reliable and keep Williams and Renault at bay, it will be slow progress for Ferrari in the championship standings.
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Old 28 Apr 2003, 23:02 (Ref:583282)   #7
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I believe in another McLaren era of domination - but not until after Schummi retires. But this year will be very very close - and that's good for all of us!
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Old 28 Apr 2003, 23:03 (Ref:583283)   #8
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When was the last time Kimi spun out of a race, or crashed into another driver during a race? He spun out at Hockenheim, but that was caused by a flat tyre

I didn't know that his Hockenheim crash was caused by a flat tyre. I thought it was driver error.

The last driver error DNF I can think of other than Hockenheim 2002 was Brazil 2001. Plus he also crashed into Sato at Italy 2002, but that was during qualifying.
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Old 29 Apr 2003, 02:15 (Ref:583354)   #9
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I think it is possible, depending on the reliability of the new Ferrari, although the new Mac will also be an improvement...if Michael and Kimi finished 1-2 in every race starting Sunday, it would be after Silverstone before Michael caught him, with 5 races to go after that, so I certainly expect the final result to be closer this year.

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I know Kimi has what it takes,and MS is a history
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Old 29 Apr 2003, 08:17 (Ref:583505)   #11
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It's not about Kimi&Mac's form, it's about technical quality of the Macs. At this moment, Macs are inferior to Ferrari (even F2002). God only knows what's inside 'GA', and not even him knows what's inside new Mac.
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Regardless the apparent 2003-GA promises, the new point assignment rules can help if Kimi keeps consistent; if when the new Mac starts off KR is still leading the standing, we're gonna see a very interesting second part of the season.
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Old 29 Apr 2003, 09:08 (Ref:583538)   #13
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The points system will make a big difference - perversely the idea dreamt up to stop MS running away with the championship now makes it hard for MS to catch-up. I'm sure there will be more than one occassion where Kimi runs in second to Michael and loses only two points in the process. This puts pressure on Rubens to be right up there taking points away from Kimi, and on DC to be right up there taking points away from Rubens! I think Renault and Williams will continue to show reasonable form, which further adds to the fight - Schumacher has got a bigger struggle on his hands than Kimi, I'd say.
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If Kimi remains consistent, and the new McLaren is able to keep up with the new Ferrari, then I think Kimi will take the fight more often than not to TGF.
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Old 29 Apr 2003, 12:04 (Ref:583687)   #15
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Kimi has definitely impressed so far this year, but I wouldn't be suprised to see DC ahead of him on points at the end of the year. DC has had some horrid luck thus far, and should really be right with Kimi on points. I think between Kimi, DC, Rubens, and MS (and occaisionally one of the other teams) taking points off eachother, the title will be quite close...
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