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"Leave me alone. I know what I'm doing." Doing business the Kimi Räikkönen way


One of the more interesting drivers in Formula One, and by far my favourite, I reckon the refreshingly reticent Kimi Räikkönen could teach us a bit about how to do business.

While leading the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year, Kimi told his team to leave him alone because he knew what he was doing. Anybody who has followed his career knows this to be true, as he's one of the fastest drivers to have raced. But it's not just his undeniable skill that sets him apart, it's his wonderful no bullshit approach to it all.

I'm sure most of us want to tell our employers or clients to piss off at some time or another, or tell them straight out that we know what we're doing. After all, isn't that why we were hired? Why be apologetic about things that you're doing well?

So in the spirit of waving two fingers to it all (or the middle finger for folks outside the UK), here are a few Kimi quotes you could tailor next time you want to tell somebody to kiss your arse.

In F1 too many things overshadow the racing. There is too much politics.

There's always a lot of talk about motivation to race, but nobody really knows what I do or what I think apart from myself, so I don't really care what people think.

Driving is the only thing I love about F1.

My life would be much more easier had I been a f1-driver in the 70’s with the guys. I was definitely born in the wrong era.

I have not looked at what everyone else is doing and what teams are running, so we are just doing our own thing.

Interviewer: “The helmet has a special meaning for many drivers. How important is it to you?”
Kimi: “It protects my head.”

Ah, go and interview Mikko Leppilampi. He likes to talk.

You don’t drive races on paper.


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