GP Germania, commenti post gara–20/07/2014
German GP: Kimi Raikkonen blames car damage for point-less race
Kimi Raikkonen says damage from his incidents with Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel was the main reason for his failure to score in the German Grand Prix.
The Finn’s Ferrari was battered from two clashes in three-abreast dices on the run to the Spitzkehre hairpin at the end of the Hockenheim track’s curved back section.
The first came as Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes passed both Raikkonen and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo in a battle for eighth on lap 12, the second when both Alonso and Vettel caught Raikkonen on fresh tyres after pitstops two laps later.
Raikkonen said damage to his front wing caused a dramatic increase in tyre wear that hampered his aggressive strategy, in which he switched to super-softs at his first stop on lap 20.
“We thought it was the right [strategy] choice but I got hit twice, ended up in the middle of two cars and damaged my front wing. The endplate came off,” he explained.
“That didn’t help. I killed the front left – the tyres were always OK except the front left.
“So I couldn’t run as long as we wanted on the super-softs and just lost performance because of the damage to the car.”
He underlined that he had no complaints about either incident.
“It was OK, but when I’m in the middle I can’t go anywhere. I ended up squeezed a little bit,” said Raikkonen.
“It wasn’t much but it was enough to damage the wing. I couldn’t go more to the left because there were cars.”