GP Belgio, commenti post gara–25/08/2013
Belgian GP: Visor tear-off led to Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus retiring
Lotus suspects that a blocked brake cooling duct caused by a loose visor tear-off led to Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement from the Belgian Grand Prix.
Raikkonen suffered from an overheating left front brake duct shortly after the start of the race at Spa-Francorchamps.
AUTOSPORT has learned that at the first pitstop, the team discovered the visor tear-off lodged in the cooling channels of the brake duct.
Although Lotus was able to remove it, the brake disc was already too hot and could not be cooled enough. Eventually it failed completely.
Investigations by the team after the race discovered no other explanation for the brake issues, which led it to believe that the visor strip was the cause.
Team principal Eric Boullier said there was no design problem with the brake cooling on the Lotus, even though it had been operating in a high temperature window.
"We know that we have two options on cooling here: one was nearly too cool, one was on the top of the range," Boullier told AUTOSPORT.
"If the failure had happened on both discs then you would think that the cooling was wrong, but it was only on one disc."
Kimi Räikkönen Philosophical As Record Run Comes to an End
For the first time in his Lotus F1 Team career, Kimi failed to finish a Grand Prix after brake failure in today’s Belgian Grand Prix. Our Finn was philosophical at the blow dealt to his championship aspirations
What happened today?
I had a brake failure so there was really no point in trying to continue.
How was the beginning of your race?
We both got good starts off the line but there wasn’t enough space into the first corner where I went over the kerb and lost some time. After that I was pushing as hard as I could.
How early did the brake issue manifest itself?
There were some brake issues at the beginning of the race but we were managing them and it was going okay until we had to retire.
Your consecutive run of Grand Prix and points finishes comes to an end…
We’ve finished a lot of races and had some good reliability so far. One day your luck has to run out and today was that day.