Kimi Raikkonen saw the lighter side of his stern radio message at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by buying 500 t-shirts for the personnel of the team’s factory with the classic statement mentioned on it.
A signed ‘Leave me alone I know what I’m doing’ t-shirt with the date of the Grand Prix that he won was distributed among the Lotus employees, a statement which team principal Eric Boullier believed has already become a classic.
The 2007 world champion had sounded annoyed when his team was giving him information during the race at the Yas Marina circuit, the first retort of which made it on to the front of the t-shirt.
Later the team came back on the radio reminding the 33-year-old that he needed to “keep working all four tyres” during the second safety car period.
“Yes, yes, yes, yes I am doing all the tyres,” Raikkonen interrupted his race engineer. “You don’t have to remind me every second.”
“Yes, apparently there were a few of our radio messages broadcast on TV and I think in those moments you could hear how much I just wanted to keep my head down, do my job and win the race,” Raikkonen said.
“All I needed to know was the gap to the guy behind me. I think you can probably find other messages from me in the car if you search YouTube; even from my short time in NASCAR,” he added.