Mix-up leaves Raikkonen fuming


Published: Saturday 20th June 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Kimi Raikkonen blamed a lack of communication for his early exit from qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver was knocked out in the first session at the Red Bull Ring having been caught out in preparing for a final quick lap.

He vented his frustration over the radio when he was informed he had dropped out, fuming: “How the f*** did that happen?”

Raikkonen revealed after qualifying that he was given the wrong information and was unable to fight for a position at the front of the grid, instead watching on as team-mate Sebastian Vettel took third behind the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

“I got some information and obviously it was wrong,” he said.

“I was doing the same thing I had been told when I was out. I never got the information that what was first the plan is now not possible and obviously we missed the lap completely.

“The information I had was three laps and they obviously noticed we went out too late at some point and we were not going to have three timed laps.

“I was doing the normal thing and I was told that the plan had changed suddenly. The point is they sent me out too late, we missed the one lap and obviously it cost us a lot.

“I did the plan as I was told. There was a mistake at some point. The plan changed but I was never told.”

Ferrari had been close to Mercedes in free practice and Raikkonen was frustrated as he was unable to make their pace count in qualifying.

“Obviously it is not ideal, we should be much higher up,” he added.

“We should be fighting at the front, but we’ll try to do our best.

“Yes there are long straights but also two tricky corners to be in the middle of the pack so you have much bigger chances of something happening in first two corners.

“So you try to stay clear of all the s**t in the first lap and then I guess we should have speed but you never know what happens in the race. We’ll do our best and see where we end up.”

With differing penalties dished out to Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat, as well as the McLaren pair of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, Raikkonen is set to start Sunday’s race in 14th as he looks to build on the 72 points he has accrued so far this year.

Published: Saturday 20th June 2015 by The News Editor

Comments (0)

Local business search