Denny Hamlin on Kimi Raikkonen winning: I don't think that's a possibility
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Watkins Glen International will be the next challenge for NASCAR drivers. Kimi Raikkonen will make his debut, and there are great expectations from the legend of Formula 1. Some believe that Kimi can even win. Joe Gibbs Racing, Denny Hamlin believes that there is little chance of such a thing happening, given that Raikkonen has no experience in NASCAR “It’s a great opportunity for him and Trackhouse and whatnot, but as far as being a contender to race for the win, I don’t think that’s a possibility.
Just simply because it does take time. Looking at the people who have been successful in stock cars coming from open-wheel backgrounds, it takes a long time,”Denny Hamlin said. Hamlin believes that it is very difficult to be competitive in NASCAR, given that most have advanced and the competition is fierce.
Nevertheless, Kimi Raikkonen believes in success. “Other than you got these anomalies like Tony Stewart and a few others. Montoya took a little bit of time. But it’s just really difficult because everyone has gotten so much better, especially with the information, the data, they’ve got nowadays.
All the drivers that are in the field now have really stepped up dramatically,” Denny Hamlin added. NASCAR With the arrival of Kimi Raikkonen, a lot was done to popularize NASCAR. Such a big name from the world of sports is always interesting.
“I think it’s a good thing for our sport if it gets some good publicity, but other than that, I’m not really sure it changes the dynamic of the race too much,”. Kimi Raikkonen was satisfied after the first test: “The team has done a great job, really nice people all around, it’s been fun to be in the car,” he added.
“I haven’t driven any race car since the last F1 race, so it was fun and hopefully we can get a somewhat good result in the race”.