| Source: lotusf1team.com |
Having run as high as P2 in today’s race, our Finnish maestro had to settle for a hard fought P5 in what was a chaotic British Grand Prix. Here’s the Iceman’s view on today’s proceedings…
Q: Things looked so promising today until right at the end; give us your view
KR: It’s a disappointing end to the weekend for sure. Things were going pretty well in the race, but it was a mistake not to switch to new tyres when the safety car came out for sure. I tried to hold on, but with tyres that were maybe twenty laps older than the others it was impossible to keep them behind at the end. It’s a shame as we had good pace and looked set for a pretty easy P2 but this is racing sometimes.
Q: On the plus side you finally broke Michael Schumacher’s record for points finishes…
KR: It makes no difference to the Championship, so I’m really not interested in that.
Q: You had a pretty intense moment behind Jean-Eric Vergne; were you nervous at all?
KR: It wasn’t ideal having bits of rubber thrown at your helmet for sure, but risk is all part of the game. It wasn’t his or the tyres’ fault; if you have sharp edges on a kerb as seems to have been the case here this weekend then these things can happen no matter what tyres you have. It didn’t change our race anyway.
Q: It’s not been an easy run of late; does that affect your mindset?
KR: No. It’s three races now where we haven’t had the result we maybe expect, but hopefully if we can have a bit more luck and also get rid of some of the mistakes we’ll be able to get back to the front.
What Kimi really said…
The team screwed up (translated from Finnish by Nicole)
KR: I asked the team during the SC if I can come to the pitstop. We had over half a lap to make a decision about it. There are ten people sitting and staring at all kinds of monitors. I can’t understand how they could make such a wrong decision. I lost an easy 2nd position right there. I have to ask the team why they did it. That’s why it bugs me so much. I would had come in earlier myself, but somehow you still believe that people who’s work it is to make these decisions would do right decisions. But what can you do. It bugs to lose so many important points because of something like this.”