Kimi Räikkönen will leave Canada with bittersweet feelings following Sunday’s Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The Finn had a solid build-up to qualifying and delivered a season’s best performance by qualifying third-fastest behind the two works Mercedes’. The 2007 champion had been their biggest threat in the race, but lost third place to his compatriot, Valtteri Bottas, by spinning at the hairpin after his pit stop.
Oddly, the incident was almost identical to one which befell him at last year’s race.
A post-race investigation by Ferrari confirmed that an overly aggressive engine mapping setting was to blame, which even Räikkönen’s traditionally lightning-quick reflexes could not cope with as he applied the throttle exiting the corner.
“You move the pedal a little bit and you get a massive difference on the torque, and there is no way I could control it,” he reflected after the race.
“It happened last year but it was a slightly different thing here – but with the same ending. It is a stupid thing, but it happens.”
With teammate Sebastian Vettel recovering to finish fifth from eighteenth on the grid, the team claimed a healthy haul of points to consolidate its second place in the Constructors’ Championship standings, but Räikkönen knows that he and the team will have to do better if they are to threaten Mercedes over the remainder of the season.
“It was not the nicest weekend for us, but we still came home with fourth and fifth place, so it was not a disaster,” he added.
“But we are looking for better results and that is what we are aiming for. It is disappointing where we finished, but we have to keep working and improving.”
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