GP Canada, commenti post gara–12/06/2016
Kimi Raikkonen’s recent form in F1 ‘not ideal’
Kimi Raikkonen concedes his form in the last two Formula 1 grands prix has not been ideal after he trailed home sixth in the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Finn finished just under a minute behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who was in contention for victory, and it came after he crashed out at the previous race in Monaco.
When asked on Sunday night how he would rate his performance so far this season, Raikkonen said: "This race and the last race wasn’t ideal.
"Hopefully we will get things running more smoothly the next race and get back where we should be.
"It wasn’t the ideal weekend but we still take the points that we got even though it’s not what we want."
When asked to rate his season so far out of 10, Raikkonen said: "I don’t need to put any numbers.
"I’m sure I could have done better certain things but we’ve done what we could and it’s pointless to put any numbers."
Raikkonen admitted he struggled to get the tyres to work, particularly in the final sector at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
"The car was pretty OK on certain points but on the last sector always at this track it’s difficult to keep the tyres working after the straights," he said.
"Then it was OK after Turn 2 when we went through the corners and then it went through the same loop every lap so I struggled to keep the heat in the tyres.
"When the tyres work it seems to be OK but that’s how it was."
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said the Finn was asked to fuel save, which in turn meant he lost tyre temperature.
"I spoke with him and he said he was doing a lot of overtaking, and he was asked [to do] fuel saving," he said.
"Every time we were asking him to save fuel, he slowed down and the tyres were losing temperature, and it was not easy to catch up.
"Sometimes it happens that certain weekends are perfect and others are not."
Ferrari tried to reverse Raikkonen pit call
Ferrari tried to reverse its decision to pit Kimi Raikkonen under the Virtual Safety Car during the Canadian Grand Prix but was too late.
Raikkonen followed team-mate Sebastian Vettel in pitting during the Virtual Safety Car (VSC) period and going for a two-stop strategy, with Vettel leading at the time but going on to finish second behind Lewis Hamilton. Raikkonen entered the pits just as the VSC came to an end and rejoined in traffic, and the Finn revealed Ferrari tried to react at the last minute.
"We decided to stop but in the last second they tried to call me to stay out because the Virtual Safety Car was ending, but I was already braking into the pit lane and it was too late," Raikkonen said. "Would it have made a lot of difference? I don’t know, you can always speculate.
"It hasn’t been an easy weekend and we tried to get the maximum after the stop. We managed to overtake people , but obviously the end result was not exactly what we wanted, but this is what we got."
And Raikkonen says he was struggling to get heat in his tyres which was hurting his pace as he eventually came home sixth.
"Of course not [happy], but this is what we’ve got. When I had to slow down to save fuel the tyres would cool down and then I struggled to make them work. I lost most of the race on that, trying to get the tyres to work.
"The last sector was the biggest issue because the tyres would lose temperature in the long straight and then I would struggle for a few corners, before the tyres would work well again. Every lap was the same story."