--
 
WIN | Kyalami 9 Hour double tickets!

Win a set of 5 VIP double tickets or a set of four general access tickets to the Kyalami 9 Hour season finale on November 23.

WATCH: Best save ever?

South African Moto2 rider Steven Odendaal pulled off one of the greatest 'saves' in motorsport at the Czech GP.

Raikkonen 'drives without instructions' - Zehnder

2019-08-13 09:02
Kimi 300 GP

Image: Quickpic

Alfa Romeo, formerly Sauber, is more than impressed with Kimi Raikkonen.

Raikkonen actually started his F1 career at Sauber as a controversially-inexperienced 21-year-old, with Beat Zehnder as the team manager.

Zehnder is still at Hinwil, and he told Auto Motor und Sport he is now even more impressed with Raikkonen after his 21 wins and the 2007 title.

"Kimi drives without instructions," Zehnder enthused.  Indeed, Raikkonen is famous for once telling his Lotus engineer over the radio: "Leave me alone, I know what I'm doing."

Alfa Romeo is even somewhat of a one-driver team at present, as Antonio Giovinazzi has scored just 1 of the team's 31 points so far in 2019.

"We let him down a bit at the beginning of the season," Zehnder said of the Italian.  "But now he is improving more and more."

But 39-year-old Raikkonen, he says, is a different thing entirely.

"Kimi does it all by himself," said Zehnder.  "He understands everything.

"The engineers discuss with each other whether we need to change an engine setting, but at that very moment, Kimi changes it on his own.  He knows exactly what he has to do and when," he said.

NEXT ON WHEELS24X

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.