Kimi in Thailand after first Ferrari triumph

Wed, 21 March 2007, 05:17

Kimi Raikkonen is this week relaxing in Thailand after winning his first grand prix in a Ferrari racer.

The imperturbable Finn retired to southeast Asia after telling La Gazzetta dello Sport that he was not feeling the pressure either of replacing Michael Schumacher or writing the next chapter in the Maranello based team’s illustrious history.

“There are many expectations on me; Ferrari is something that is very special,” he told the Italian daily.

“But I am not Michael and will do things in my own way.

“I don’t feel a particular pressure to take his place; it’s the same feeling to when I went from Sauber to McLaren.

“I can only say that I will do my best and hopefully it will be enough.”

Raikkonen will, incidentally, test at Sepang.

It also emerged that, like Fernando Alonso, BMW’s Nick Heidfeld returned to Europe after the Australian grand prix, while Ralf Schumacher travelled to India for a Toyota PR date and Mark Webber (Red Bull) stayed in Australia to visit his family.

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