21 September 2008

F2007

Mau lihat ini.... hiks... ini kan yg ',membawa' Kimi jadi WDC 2007. ^^ The image “http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b171/frm/F1%20cars/f20071.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

12 September 2008

He'll stay there

How happy I was when reading 'bout this. Thanks Ferrari for makin' him feels 'cozy' there ^_- From Ferrari's official site
Raikkonen Racing for Ferrari until 2010
Maranello, 12th september 2008 Ferrari announces that it has extended its agreement with Kimi Raikkonen the end of the 2010 race season. Therefore, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver line-up remains unchanged for the next two coming seasons.
Added by this interview
Exclusive Raikkonen Q&A: We need to take every chance

Never underestimate a sly old fox. When most had discounted him as a title contender, last year Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen gave his competitors a dressing down in the season’s final races and walked away with the crown. With a 19-point deficit on championship leader Lewis Hamilton, Raikkonen seems to be facing a similar situation in 2008, though now with team mate Felipe Massa also among his rivals. Ferrari haven’t yet picked a favourite, but the Finn knows he must perform well in Monza if he is to stay in the picture… Q: Kimi, how is life as the reigning world champion? You have been in the public eye for quite a while but the title must have increased attention on you? How do you deal with that? Kimi Raikkonen: It’s true, it increased but it has not changed any normal living. I wouldn’t say that anything is different for myself - and the racing is still the same. But yes, it’s nice to be the champ. I always wanted to achieve that - and it’s something that can never be taken away from me. This is the really great part! Q: Driving for Ferrari is every aspiring young race driver’s dream. Is it a dream come true for you? KR: It was a dream at one point for me as I always wanted to come into Formula One and be with a top team. So far I’ve been lucky to be in two top teams. I enjoy being here and I had a fantastic time last year - when I joined last season, I had more fun than I have had in a long time. It is a great place to be, working with all these 120 percent-committed people. And red suits me, I would say. (Hore...!!!) ^^ Q: This season must be like a deja vu for you. As in 2007, you are playing catch up in the title race. But what is different to last season? KR: Well, so far it has not been the easiest year. There have been a lot of difficulties lately, but that is part of racing sometimes. We have had some issues in getting the car exactly how we want it. We had a strong first part of the season and then we faced some problems. It has been difficult, yes, and hopefully we can turn it around a bit and get some good results. It is not too late yet - but it is getting difficult with every race. Let’s wait and see how it develops. Q: Last year it was you against Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. This year the title match involves your team mate. That obviously doesn’t make things easier… KR: Of course not. But again, that is part of racing. At the end of the day, it does not matter who it is - you need to beat all of them. So it doesn’t make any difference if it is your team mate or somebody else. You need to be in front of everybody if you want to win. Q: But teams can concentrate their efforts on one driver… KR: We have never had that situation. Of course last year when it was clear that the other car had no chance - points-wise - then it was a different story. But as long as we have every chance, we need to take them. Until that ‘no-chance situation’ comes, it is up to us to move forward - or to come back in my case. Q: If your chances decrease, will you play the role of supporter to Felipe? KR: When I clearly have no chance at all then it is a different story. But then that is not up to me. First Felipe needs to be in a position where he can try to win, and then if there is something that the team will benefit from, then it might be yes. But until that situation comes, I am not interested in talking about it. Q: The championship is still wide open with five races to go and 50 points up for grabs. At what point would you accept that your chances to win the title have evaporated? KR: As I just said, when it is clear that I will not be able to make enough points. Q: In Spa you drove for all or nothing. In hindsight, would you do it all over again or settle for securing some points? KR: I wanted to win - or nothing. Unfortunately I got nothing that time, but at least I had more fun that at many races before. And what are sure points? I needed more points than the others, so realistically I was in a position where I didn’t have much to lose, so I went for it. Afterwards it is always easy to say that by playing safe I would have probably ended in second place, but that is not the right way to win. I want to win it on the circuit rather than after the race. What happened in Spa happened. Again, that’s racing. Q: The F2008 seems to be a very different machine to last year’s car. Are you still struggling to adapt your driving style to its characteristics? KR: I would not say that the car is so different to last year. It is more about getting the tyres the way you want them to behave - that is the biggest issue. But then again, they are the same for everybody. When you compare the tyres from a couple of years ago, what we have now is completely different. So hopefully next year when we get the slick tyres it will be more as it used to be - meaning that it will be more fun to drive. And it’s not about wanting the old car back, it is more about getting the package right for us. And the last races indicated that we are on the right track. Q: Monza is Ferrari’s backyard. It’s almost an obligation to succeed here. You have never won this race. How much ambition is there to walk away with the trophy on Sunday? KR: I have never made it here although the chances were there. It would of course be great to win here - especially as it is the home Grand Prix for Ferrari. And hopefully we are in a position on Sunday to fight for it - that would be great. Q: What about you and Felipe? Is there a rivalry? KR: It is like at any other race. I try to win, he tries to win. This is normal procedure in a top team. Q: You wouldn’t die for it, but what would a race win here be worth to you? KR: Of course not. But be assured that I really want to win here and it would make me more happy than in a long time to be on the top spot of the podium on Sunday. Q: Were you satisfied with the test here two weeks ago. Did it give you any indication of what your performance level will be? KR: The test was not bad. It was definitely better than where we were one year ago, so we should have quite a good chance of a good result, but it depends on many things. If we get everything running well and the weather stays nice, that would improve our chances. Q: All that sounds as if you are still enjoying racing… KR: I would not be here otherwise!

07 September 2008

Raikkonen: Second was not good enough

(Kimi is indeed a REAL racer!!! ^^)
By Jonathan Noble and Pablo Elizalde Sunday, September 7th 2008, 15:11 GMT Kimi Raikkonen said he did not want second place at the Belgian Grand Prix after crashing out on the final lap while battling for the lead with Lewis Hamilton. The Ferrari driver had led the majority of the race, but Hamilton benefited from the rain during the final laps to close the gap and pass the Finn. Raikkonen regained his position when Hamilton and the Ferrari driver himself nearly crashed into the spun car of Nico Rosberg, but lost it again moments later when he spun too. The world champion then lost control of his car again and crashed against the wall. Raikkonen admitted it was all or nothing for him. "I was prepared to win or lose, but unfortunately I went off," Raikkonen told reporters. "I only wanted to win. I slid wide on the fast left hander, and tried to come back on the circuit but I spun. "I needed to get points so wanted to win it or lose it but unfortunately went off. I didn't want to finish behind we would have lost points. We see what we can do." Raikkonen made contact with Hamilton a few times while battling for position, and their clash was put under investigation by the stewards. Hamilton jumped the final chicane when the pair made contact, and although he let Raikkonen past, the Briton kept his momentum and overtook him on the following corner. Raikkonen did not want to comment on the incident. "There are rules about cutting chicanes and gaining an advantage and they are looking it. So I don't have anything to say," the Finn said. The result left Raikkonen a massive 23 points behind Hamilton in the standings with just five races left. Teammate Felipe Massa is eight behind the Briton, and it is now likely the Finn will have to play a support role. He said, however, that he is only planning to win races. "It is not up to me if he (Massa) wins or not," he said. "I will do the best I can do and we see what the situation is. I try to win races and we will see what happens."

06 September 2008

An old letter

Kemarin pas bongkar2 tumpukan buku2 lama, nemu selembar kertas surat (printed) dari sahabat pena lama gw. Seseorang asal Rusia bernama Soloviev Mikhail. Duile itu kynya dr jaman jebot deh, hehe... (dilihat dr hasil printing, tintanya masih warna ijo, yg berarti itu ketika gw punya printer pertama kali9/10 tahun lalu. Klo ingetan gw masih waras). Seinget gw, wktu itu kontak dia via e-mail smpt 2/3 kali an. Udahnya putus komunikasi. Dia sih kasih postal address dia, Cuma gw ga pernah kirim surat ke dia. Yg menarik adalah ketika gw baca profilnya, yg ternyata seorang mahasiswa di Moscow State Construction University (MSCU), dan di jurusan hydraulic ENGINEERING! (coincidence?!). Langsung pas kebetulan lg chat dgn Iya, gw blng... “kok lagi2 engineer ya Ya?” Hehe... Smp Patria tny, “Actually, what’s up with you and engineer?!?” ^^ Pas cb gugel... ga ketemu hasilnya dikarenakan byk org bernama serupa. Ada seorang profesor jurusan Biologi, tp kayanya bukan dia deh. Browsing soal MSCU, eh ternyata jurusan dia itu hanya ada buat PhD. Langsung berasumsi he’s a lot older than I am, tp ya ga juga, klo dia emang pinter bisa jadi dia masih muda tp udah PhD. (Hiks.. . kok gw jadi inget sama seseorang yg thn dpn rencana lanjut ke PhD. –halah!). Too bad I’ve lost his contact (e-mail), couldn’t remember it at all though. From his letter, I assumed see that he’s one clever man, he liked music (not the popular ones), movie, going to museum and art places, traveling, writing, and books (from the authors he wrote, I just recognize Antuan de Sent-Exupery, the rest are totally ‘aliens’ for me). Finding this letter has taught me some things; that it’s good to get to know lots of people from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds, cause sometimes we can learn and experience many things. Besides that, it’s necessary to keep contact with them (snail mail, e-mail, phone). If not, you might end up into regretting it –just like what I experienced once.

How to say these?

I got this when attending sharing session in LBPP-LIA in 2005. Test yourself about it. Gue bikin kesalahan utk pengucapan beberapa kata, tapi udahnya lihat my magic book called ‘Oxford pocket dictionary’ jadi tau deh how to pronounce it correctly. It’s a good exercise for those who love learning English (IMO). OK, now it’s your turn to give it a shot. Good luck! The words are:
AUNT BEAR BECAUSE CAUSE CLAUSE COUSIN (added) DETERMINE (added) DRAW EFFORT GARAGE LAW MATURE MUSTACHE NEPHEW PAL PAUSE PEAR PREFACE PROCEDURE PURPOSE SAID SAYS SINCERE TEAR (v) TECHNIQUE VEHICLE

02 September 2008

SMS Ramadhan

My friends sent me these text messages in welcoming Ramadhan (fasting month). Some of them came up with an interesting sms. Mungkin bisa dicontek buat stok Ramadhan thn depan (insya Allah, jika Dia mempertemukan kita lagi dgn bulan suci ini). Aaamiin!
Sebentar marah2, sebentar baik, sebentar ngerepotin, sebentar nolongin, sebentar rajin, sebentar males... sebentar lagi Ramadhan nih. Mohon maaf lahir n batin ya!
Tiada gerak seindah sholat, tiada kata selembut doa, tiada puisi semerdu dzikir, tiada sikap seindah memaafkan. Marhaban ya Ramadhan. Selamat menunaikan ibadah puasa.
Selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa. Mari kita setting niat, upgrade iman, download sabar, delete dosa, approve maaf, dan hunting pahala.
Ramadhan akan tiba. Meski tangan belum berjabat, dan mata belum bertatap tapi kumohon maaf agar bersih hati kita dalam memasuki bulan penuh rahmat ini. Selamat menunaikan ibadah puasa, maaf lahir dan batin. Semoga Allah SWT menerima amal ibadah kita. Amin.
Ya Allah, kebenaran firman-Mu telah menitis dalam lintas personal dimensi tempat n waktu. Kau pilih diantara hari-Mu brp rahmat-Mu. Kau plh diantara rentang zaman-Mu bbrp malam khusus utk persembahan nikmat2 dan rahmat- Mu. Kau tetapkan Ramadhan bgi bulan terbaik-Mu. Ia yg satu2nya Kau sebut dlm kitab suci-Mu ‘Al Quran ya Karim’. Maka masukkanlah aku dan org2 di sktrku ke golongan org2 yg berpuasa dgn iman ikhsan, ilmu dan iklhas. Aamin. Met puasa, mohon maaf atas segala khilaf.
RAMADHAN SUPER GIGA GREAT SALE! Dont miss these! > Big DEED Sale > SIN Discount up to 99% + door prize “LAILLATUL QODAR”. ONLY 30 DAYS! Ended by d greatest apologizing days in the world.. Start from 1-30 sept in all over the world.
Ada buaya makan pizza, ga krasa udh mau puasa. Ada hiu makan pepaya, maafin aku ya. Ada udang mendem di kue, jgn ada dendem ye. Have a nice ramadhan.
Friends are like antiques they’re just get worthy with time. May we enter this ramadhan with fully heart of forgiveness to forgive each other n be better in life. Amin.
Selamat menunaikan ibadah puasa di bulan suci ramadhan. Semoga bs bljr byk, mengenal Tuhan, diri sendiri, dan org lain lebih lagi bulan ini.
Spread love, return to sincerity. This is the time to get back to reality. All mistakes made by me.. for those I beg u to forgive me. Marhaban ya Ramadhan.

Raikkonen's preferences

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