Iceman thwarted by burning blanket


It's been a difficult weekend for Raikkonen, not helped by a number of errors by his crew. Usually one of the most laconic of drivers, this weekend the Finn has increasingly been turning to sarcasm, such has been his frustration.

Speaking at the end of a difficult session in which he was forced to switch to the option tyres earlier than planned after being sent out in traffic, Raikkonen ended the day seventh overall on a circuit on which it is notoriously difficult to overtake.

"So far the weekend has been more difficult than I wanted," he murmured at the end of the session, "and today I was still struggling, for some reason my car was sliding around.

"After a difficult Friday I decided together with the team to go back to the old package because I wanted to make sure it was fine. We knew it would be a risk and it might be difficult but I don't think that the result would have been as bad as it was today.

"In Q2 the feeling was pretty ok but then in Q3 it was difficult again, I had not much grip and did a bad lap.

"It's one of those weekends in which things keep going a little wrong here and there, and today we also lost one set of medium tyres because of a burning of a blanket.

"Tomorrow is another day and the race is a different story, obviously we start in a position that is not ideal , but we have a good package. If we have a good start we can go from there, I'm sure we have the speed to have a good race."

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Published: 09/05/2015
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