CLAS­SIC RACE: 2012

F1 Racing (UK) - - RACE PREVIEW -

This race was the stuff that memes are made of when Kimi Räikkö­nen bri­dled at his en­gi­neer on the ra­dio and ut­tered the curt in­struc­tion, “Leave me alone, I know what I’m do­ing.” Kimi in­her­ited the lead when Lewis Hamilton re­tired on lap 20, but since Fer­nando Alonso’s Fer­rari was just five sec­onds be­hind him he had lit­tle scope to re­lax. En­gi­neer Simon Ren­nie was of no mind to let his man’s mind wan­der, hence the up­dates that prompted the snap. Ren­nie also gen­tly chivvied Kimi to keep work­ing heat into all four tyres when run­ning be­hind the Safety Car, net­ting an­other grouch: “Yes, yes, yes, I’m do­ing that all the time.” Räikkö­nen held on to take his 19th F1 win.

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