Kimi Raikkonen lived up to his well-known nickname as ‘The Ice Man’ on Friday when, 12 days after Romain Grosjean’s fireball crash in Bahrain, he coolly climbed from his blazing Alfa Romeo and helped firefighters put out the flames.
Not even a cussed radio cable connection within the cockpit, which required persistent tugging, might ruffle his composure in apply for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The hearth erupted behind him when the Ferrari engine, an previous unit that had run to the tip of its racing life, in his automotive failed on the Yas Marina Circuit.
Frenchman Grosjean informed AFP he “saw death too closely” within the crash and has missed the 2 ultimate races of the season.
Raikkonen turned identified in 2012 for telling his Lotus workforce ‘depart me alone, I do know what I’m doing’ when on his method to victory on the Bahrain Grand Prix close by.
This time, a radio message from his Alfa Romeo workforce urged him to escape his parked automotive quickly.
“You have a big fire — get the hell out of there quick,” he was informed as he pulled and tussled with the cable.
The modest Finn, who’s now 41 and a veteran of a file 328 Formula One race begins, remained calm.
“There was nothing scary about it,” he stated.
“It’s just a shame that it (the car) gets some fire and gets all messed up, trying to put the fire down. It’s one of those things.
“There is a few injury, hopefully primarily bodywork, however we’ll see. It’s only a bit extra work for the blokes, clearly.”