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Thursday, 14 March 2019

F1 star says partying made him a better driver


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We’ve all been told about the perils of indulging in a few too many adult beverages and the lagging effect it has on performance, yet F1 star Kimmi Raikkonen seems to have a different opinion on the reported pitfalls of getting on the sauce.

Raikkonen wasn’t afraid to go into detail about his love for a drink and reminded motorsport fans that conventional beliefs surrounding the art of partying weren’t valid, well it at least when it comes to the Finnish driver.

Speaking on the Beyond the Grid’ podcast, Raikkonen revealed that his form has never dipped as a result of his extra-curricular activities, in fact he's adamant his love of a good time has seen him become a better driver.

 “Obviously it’s been a joke often,” Raikkonen said about his partying reputation.

“But I actually think it’s more true than a joke that I’ve often been driving better (after) doing whatever I want between the races than if I’m just not having fun and drinks and stuff.”

And the Alpha Romeo driver has proof.

Raikkonen said he tested his theory in 2013 and amazingly finished second at the Bahrain GP after going on a massive 16-day bender.

 “There’s too many proven theories … that (you drive) better (after you’ve had) a bit more fun,” says Raikkonen.

“That whole summer was more or less racing and partying. It’s nothing new — for me it’s normal. Outside it might look a bit weird, but for me, in the past, it was a very normal story.

“I always thought that (it makes you) more relaxed and you need to put more effort and concentration in (on track) because you’re a bit unsure. And then the end result comes better.”

“There’s too many proven theories… that [you drive] better [after you’ve had] a bit more fun,” says Raikkonen. “That whole summer was more or less racing and partying. It’s nothing new – for me it’s normal. Outside it might look a bit weird, but for me, in the past, it was a very normal story."

The Fin went on to explain where he came across such an unorthodox approach, saying legendary F1 fitness guru Josef Lebrer was the catalyst behind his train hard but play harder ethos. Leberer was apparently training Raikkonen in preparation for his F1 debut in 2001 for Sauber and after training the house down for six days in the Austrian Alps, Leberer took the rookie out for pizza and asked if he wanted to down a beer with it despite putting in hours of hard work all week. Leberer justified the move by reminding the Fin that there was nothing wrong with rewarding yourself after working hard.

Clearly, the advice has stayed with Raikkonen throughout his entire career.

We’ve all been told about the perils of indulging in a few too many adult beverages and the lagging effect it has on performance, yet F1 star Kimmi Raikkonen seems to have a different opinion on the reported pitfalls of getting on the sauce.

Raikkonen wasn’t afraid to go into detail about his love for a drink and reminded motorsport fans that conventional beliefs surrounding the art of partying weren’t valid, well it at least when it comes to the Finnish driver.

Speaking on the Beyond the Grid’ podcast, Raikkonen revealed that his form has never dipped as a result of his extra-curricular activities, in fact he's adamant his love of a good time has seen him become a better driver.

 “Obviously it’s been a joke often,” Raikkonen said about his partying reputation.

“But I actually think it’s more true than a joke that I’ve often been driving better (after) doing whatever I want between the races than if I’m just not having fun and drinks and stuff.”

And the Alpha Romeo driver has proof.

Raikkonen said he tested his theory in 2013 and amazingly finished second at the Bahrain GP after going on a massive 16-day bender.

 “There’s too many proven theories … that (you drive) better (after you’ve had) a bit more fun,” says Raikkonen.

“That whole summer was more or less racing and partying. It’s nothing new — for me it’s normal. Outside it might look a bit weird, but for me, in the past, it was a very normal story.

“I always thought that (it makes you) more relaxed and you need to put more effort and concentration in (on track) because you’re a bit unsure. And then the end result comes better.”

“There’s too many proven theories… that [you drive] better [after you’ve had] a bit more fun,” says Raikkonen. “That whole summer was more or less racing and partying. It’s nothing new – for me it’s normal. Outside it might look a bit weird, but for me, in the past, it was a very normal story."

The Fin went on to explain where he came across such an unorthodox approach, saying legendary F1 fitness guru Josef Lebrer was the catalyst behind his train hard but play harder ethos. Leberer was apparently training Raikkonen in preparation for his F1 debut in 2001 for Sauber and after training the house down for six days in the Austrian Alps, Leberer took the rookie out for pizza and asked if he wanted to down a beer with it despite putting in hours of hard work all week. Leberer justified the move by reminding the Fin that there was nothing wrong with rewarding yourself after working hard.

Clearly, the advice has stayed with Raikkonen throughout his entire career.

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