Iceman Kimi Räikkönen

Raikkonen explains car damage

Kimi Raikkonen says that he damaged the floor of his Lotus on Wednesday morning after running off the track under braking.

Raikkonen was in the car for a second consecutive day having set the fastest time of Tuesday’s running, but caused an early red flag when he left gravel on the circuit having run wide. Raikkonen confirmed that he outbraked himself in the windy conditions, but then said that he damaged the car even further when rejoining the track. “I ran wide under braking in turn six,” he said. “And just driving back from the gravel to the circuit the edge of the kerb was very high so it hit the front of the floor and we damaged that so it took a while to fix it. So an unfortunate thing but it happens. “For sure it was more tricky than yesterday, in some corners it was quite bad because of the wind. We tried to put more laps on the car and only worry about that, but condition wise it was better yesterday.

Despite that excursion, Raikkonen said that he was satisfied with what he had achieved during his two days in the E20. “Yeah, I think more or less. I think the main thing is to get a lot of mileage, that’s the main thing right now. The car feels pretty OK straight away; I think we improved it today but today the conditions were probably a bit more tricky than yesterday so I’m happy with what we did in two days. It was a lot to do today with if the tyres worked or not. Some compounds work better than others and when they are new all of the tyres are good, but once they get used – and it was quite cold – some of them work slightly better. But when they work the car feels quite good so … I have no idea what the others are doing, but I was quite happy.”


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