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I know what I'm doing insists Raikkonen

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05/11/2012

For many, one of the highlights of Sunday's Abu Dhabi race - other than the on track action - was Kimi Raikkonen's reaction to radio messages from his team, the Iceman increasingly losing his cool.

Following Lewis Hamilton's retirement, advised that Fernando Alonso was 5s behind and that he would be kept updated on the gap, the Finn clearly wasn't interested. ."Leave me alone!" was the angry response.

Later in the race, during the second safety car period, told that he needed keep working all four tyres in order to maintain the temperature, the response was equally forthright: "Yes, yes, yes, I'm doing all that," shouted the Finn. "You don't have to remind me every second."

Asked about the radio messages later, and how distracting he found them, Raikkonen admitted: "It's a normal thing. It's the same with all the teams. For sure, they are just trying to help but if you keep saying the same things two times a minute... I'm not so stupid that I cannot remember what I'm doing. It's a normal thing, they are just trying to help. I know what I'm doing.

"I will ask for help if I need it," he continued. "It's not the first time and it won't be the last time. It's been many times with other teams also but they are all there to help you and try to put you in the best position. Different people like different things."

Which, of course, is why we all love him.

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