Grand Prix Gold: Malaysia 2003
AUTOSPORT relives the great races of the past: In the stifling heat of Malaysia, super-cool Kimi Raikkonen kept his head as others lost theirs to take his first grand prix victory Â– and maintain McLaren's winning streak.
It's the dream view any young racing driver fantasises about seeing one day. Driving past the pits, everything under control, serenity inside, a crazy blur of colour and noise on the outside. Forty-five of 56 laps done, pitstops completed, car perfect â€“ good grip, balance and grunt. He looks across to the pitboard, the one with 'Kimi' on the top: P1 +28.5s.
Just like the contrast between the inner clam and the outer spectacle, so there is a paradox between the iceman that is very real â€“ almost pervasive â€“ an art of Kimi Raikkonen's persona and the stored emotion of the boy who planted the seed of a dream in his mind years ago. An impossible dream, from the perspective of the wrong side of the tracks in a bleak, icy place.
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