Kimi Raikkonen

Friday Video – Kimi just couldn’t care less

It hasn’t been the easiest week in the world of Formula 1. However, you can always count on Kimi Räikkönen to provide some kind of distraction. Although hardly known for engaging with the media, the official Ferrari video ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix is a new level of Kimi:

What amazes us more at ESM, is the fact Ferrari still went ahead and published it on their YouTube channel. Perhaps they realise the amusement and entertainment value Kimi brings or, perhaps, with him seemingly about to be sold down the river for Valtteri Bottas, they don’t even care anymore.

It’s sometimes easy to forget that the ‘Ice Man’ has been in F1 since 2001, driven for Sauber, McLaren, Lotus and Ferrari (twice), and won almost 10% of the races he has entered. Along with his F1 World Drivers’ Championship in 2007, Kimi also placed second in 2003 and 2005, in addition to a third place in 2008. In short, he’s been a fairly impressive driver in his lengthy career.

However, his lack of interest in pleasing the media has been existent since his early days, and in a world of stage management and corporate nonsense, Kimi has always proven to be happily anti-establishment. It’s why he’s responsible for ESM‘s favourite F1 TV soundbite, ever.

Whatever happens to Kimi and his Ferrari seat, we hope he remains in Formula 1. The sport would be a much more boring, and slightly less weirder, place without him.

2014 Belgian Grand Prix – EngageSportMode Photo Gallery

EngageSportMode went to the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix. Quite frankly, it was amazing. Along the way we took some photos to try to capture the spirit of attending the race.

Spa 2014 Panorama copy

This was the first time either Uncle Steve or myself had attended a Grand Prix. Suffice to say Belgium is probably one of the best to pick for the atmosphere and the amazing, historic, Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Friday – Free Practice

After travelling overnight from North East England to Spa, via Dover and the Belgian motorway network, we pitched our tent and headed in for Free Practice 2.


Saturday – Free Practice & Qualifying

Saturday was dominated by the weather. The rain before qualifying was like nothing we’d ever experienced. Virtually horizontal, mixed with vicious wind and hailstones for good measure. To say the weather at Spa can change in an instant is an understatement. Still; it didn’t dampen our spirits.


BTCC Rookie Tom Ingram Takes on Hillclimb

Last time we saw Tom Ingram behind the wheel, he was battling it out at Croft Circuit in the British Touring Car Championship. But last weekend, for a change, he took on the fearsome Harewood Hillclimb.

Ingram attacks the hill [Photo credit BARC / Leon Wall]

Ingram attacks the hill [Photo credit BARC / Leon Wall]

No, not everything in Yorkshire was about the Tour de France on Sunday. Although only a short distance away from the Lycra clad masses, Harewood played host to the latest round of the MSA British Hillclimb Championship. Amongst the Porsches, Audi Quattros and specialist single-seaters was the distinctive Speedworks BTCC Toyota Avensis.

{Photo credit BARC / Leon Wall]

[Photo credit BARC / Leon Wall]

A narrow, winding, 1.4 km course and a sizeable Touring Car might not sound like an ideal combination, so Ingram took it steady as he commented that “there’s no BTCC-style run-off or gravel traps if you run out of talent” when attacking the Harewood hill. Although he didn’t trouble the top runners on the day, Ingram kept the car away from walls and farm buildings to emerge thankfully unscathed.  (more…)