De la Rosa defends party animal Raikkonen

Tue, 3 April 2007, 09:37

Pedro de la Rosa has defended former McLaren colleague Kimi Raikkonen’s partying ways.

Referring to the Finn’s off-track reputation for occasionally enjoying one too many alcoholic beverages, de la Rosa told a men’s magazine that the media’s portrayal of 27-year-old Raikkonen has been “exaggerated”.

“He likes to have a good time, perhaps even more than the rest of us,” said Spaniard de la Rosa, 36, who worked alongside Raikkonen as a test driver at McLaren until the Finn switched to Ferrari for 2007.

He told ‘FHM’: “But what is written (about Raikkonen) is too much.”

Alonso referring to Raikkonen, his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa told a Brazilian newspaper earlier this year: “In a world like ours, where there are famous people, the media can often exaggerate or even make things up.”

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