His instructing skills, on the other hand, leave much to be desired. Recently, the driver known as “The Iceman” for his cool and detached demeanor was asked to teach Sky Sports F1 reporter Natalie Pinkham a thing or two about ice driving on a frozen Russian lake.
When Pinkham asks for “three tips for driving on ice,” Raikkonen’s sage advice is succinct: “just go,” Raikkonen advises, “you cannot do anything wrong.”
We’ve had a lot of driving instructors on a lot of tracks over the years, and not one has ever uttered the same directions as Raikkonen. Likewise, none has ever laughed when we’ve slid a car off the track, either, but maybe it’s just tough love on Raikkonen’s part.
The Lotus F1 Team promises a full video is coming soon, but in the mean time we’ll offer up our own advice to Pinkham: work on getting faster with your hands, and keep both hands on the wheel unless you’re shifting (or just about to hit something, in which case taking your hands off the wheel helps prevent injuries).