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Raikkonen knew where he was going



Kimi Raikkonen confirmed he knew exactly what he was doing when he tried to rejoin the Brazilian Grand Prix via an access road after spinning off the track on Sunday.

The Finnish Lotus driver tried to get back via the road but his plan was stopped because the gate to the track was closed. As a result, he had to turn around and re-enter the race via the grass, losing lots of time and eventually finishing 10th.

"Where I went off you can get back on the track by going through the support race pit lane, but you have to go through a gate. I know this as I did the same thing in 2001 and the gate was open that year. Somebody closed it this time," he told the team's website.

"Next year I'll make sure it's open again."

Raikkonen's remarks probably surprised no-one, given his reputation.

The "Iceman" gained worldwide fame a few weeks ago when he told the team via radio en route to victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix "Leave me alone, I know what I am doing."

Raikkonen, the latest world champion for Ferrari in 2007, returned to the sport this season from a two-year hiatus and was very consistant at Lotus to finish third in the championship behind Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

He was the only driver to finish all 20 races and got into the points in 19 of them - winning one, coming second three times and third in three races.

"I just tried to do my best and to score points of course you have to finish the race. We had a good car and I didn't get involved in too many incidents with other people," he said.

"I didn't really have any expectations for the year, so I think it's been a pretty good season. We've had some good results and we've finished every race. Certainly from a race reliability perspective it's been excellent."

"In terms of results, it could have been better, but it could have been an awful lot worse. Overall, I'm pretty happy," Raikkonen said.

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