F1: Raikkonen concedes recent form '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 teammate 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 tires 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 tires 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 tires. When the tires 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 tire 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 tires were losing temperature, and it was not easy to catch up.

“Sometimes it happens that certain weekends are perfect and others are not.”


Originally on Autosport.com

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