Raikkonen Upset With New Formula 1 Rules

Paige Michael-ShetleyCorrespondent IApril 1, 2009

Kimi Raikkonen blasted new Formula 1 rules for the 2009 season in an interview with Radio Finland. 

Raikkonen, the 2007 Formula 1 World Champion, criticized the introduction of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to the cars.

He said he did not appreciate pressure from Ferrari to give up alcohol from his lifestyle during the offseason, so that he could lose weight and lessen the impact on the car of adverse weight distribution due to the regenerative braking power system.  

"For sure I want to have a good time and do what I want and have fun, and for sure I want have fun and sleep until Grand Prix starts and feel good before I drive the car," Raikkonen said. 

He also said that he rejects the new rules mandating increased driver access to fans and media.

"For sure the rules forcing drivers to talk to fans and media I do not like," he said." For sure I cannot relax and sleep and do my job while feeling good."