I didn't even see it as a negative comment about Kimi from Jacques. Just stating something that a lot of people are stating. When listing the fittest F1 drivers Kimi hardly is on top of that list. All drivers have their strengths and their weaknessess. But pointing out something weak with Kimi always seems to be met with such more hostility.
Jacques does have a point here. I think he makes a lot of great points about the current state of F1, and I do not think his point about less physical cars being more of a plus to Kimi than say Fernando is taken out of the blue or something to be shot down or something from an underlining motive to talk down Kimi. I doubt he needs a special motive to say that. It's like people expressing doubts about Sebastian Vettel racing through the field, or Fernando Alonso handling a quick(er) team mate or Lewis Hamilton handling when things are not going his way etc.
There are "negative" or less positive things to say even about the God we know as Kimi. Live with it ;) Otherwise I feel this could be a tough season for the most enthusiastic Kimi fans.
Back on the topic you can say a lot of things about Jacques Villeneuve and Eddie Irvine but they have expressed some valid opinions about the direction of F1 I think a lot of fans of the sport agree with - and a lot of writers on this forum. One of the better points in Jacques latest interview I think is that F1 going this more artificial route puts them under pressure to continue to do this constantaly to a point where the sport has changed fundamentally away from the traditional values of the sport. NASCAR is a good example of that, they are feeling forced to continue with artificial regulation changes to keep the "interest" up to a point where they are risking to get lost about what they are and stand for and F1 is now running the same risk.
I'm happy former drivers such as Eddie Irvine and Villeneuve express that opinion because from the people inside the sport currently active will not say that which is a shame.
Am I missing something?
Are Raikkonens fitness scores public or something?
Or do you and Villeneuve basically follow his every step and make notes when or where he does training?
I dont know raikkonens fitness results and I havent searched for them.
What I know is that his best performances from the last years often came in the late phases of the races and that was also the time where he gains the most time.
And he never looks too exhausted afterwards.
So no, I dont think his fitness has hindered him recently.
I am not claiming he can compare to the fittest guys out there, but he doesnt need to, his fitness seems to be sufficient already.
If he can score a podium in a 2 hour bumpy street circuit starting behind the top 10 while suffering back pain from the day before, then I qualify that as good enough fitness and will power in my book.
He doesnt gain anyhting by driving an even less demanding car.
It was a dig at raikkonen, he does it all the time.
Edited by beute, 14 February 2014 - 16:17.