Raikkonen glad appeal ‘mess’ now over

Wed, 21 November 2007, 09:12

Kimi Raikkonen has described the recent cool-fuel saga as a “mess”, but says he never worried about losing his title.

The Ferrari driver mathematically clinched the title in Brazil last month, but his crown was only confirmed after the Court of Appeal last week dismissed an appeal lodged by his former team McLaren.

“Obviously it was the news I wished to hear,” the 28-year-old Finn, who has relaxed since Interlagos at his home in Switzerland, said of the decision to dismiss the appeal.

“Finally it is all clear. We are the champions and there is nothing to be said about that any more,” he added.

Raikkonen insists that he did not worry about losing his title to Lewis Hamilton, even though the McLaren rookie’s team disputed the legality of several cars that finished higher than the Briton in Brazil.

“I can honestly say that I didn’t stress about this affair at all,” he said.

“Nothing had changed since the stewards went through it after the race. One team just wanted to have a go at it. Now it is over,” Raikkonen added.

He said: “I think it is good for the sport and, obviously, it is good for me and for Ferrari.

“Now with this last mess wiped off, I can enjoy my holiday even a little bit more.”

Raikkonen has previously lost two drivers’ championships in the closing stages of a season; once against Michael Schumacher in 2003, and again two years ago with Fernando Alonso as his adversary.

“I still can feel how it hurt,” he explained. “Winning for me is everything. Now I can say that it feels even better to have lost it before you finally succeed.”

Raikkonen will get back to work at Jerez early next month, and also attend the FIA prize-giving event in Monaco to receive his championship trophy.

“I have never been so keen on those kind of gala evenings, but this time it is different,” he said.

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