Thursday in Montreal
Some days the press get “talkative Kimi” and other times it’s “laconic Kimi” and today it was a case of the latter, as the Scuderia Ferrari driver was not interested in commenting about feuds between other teams’ drivers, nor seeing much significance in the fact that this Sunday he takes part in his 200th Grand Prix.
However, he was more forthcoming on the topic of the updates brought to Canada for the F14 T. “We have to see how practice goes tomorrow, before getting an idea of what they might bring,” said the Finn. “The weather forecast promised for Friday is not so good and we must hope it’s dry, so we can really get an idea of how things are. Any small improvements are always welcome. We know what we are doing and we are making progress. However, it’s a long process and it won’t happen in just a few weeks.”
As for the rest of the season, Kimi did not foresee a major change to the current hierarchy down pit lane. “I think it would be very hard to challenge Mercedes for the championship,” he maintained. “But within Ferrari we still want to do the best that we can at every race, we want to get stronger for the future and aim for the podium. But I am not prepared to start guessing about whether I can win a race soon.” As for this weekend – “usually, we have quite exciting races here because of the layout of the circuit and also the weather can play a part.”
Speaking to media (via adamcooperf1.com): “I guess it can only get better, what happened lately on my side,” said the Finn today. “Sometimes it’s your fault, sometime not, but that’s how it goes in racing. Obviously I think we are going in the right direction, but the results haven’t really shown that. But we know what we’re doing, so step-by-step we’re going to go where we want to be.”
Regarding the prospects of anyone beating Mercedes he said: “It’s very hard for anybody to challenge them for the championship. I might be wrong, but I doubt that. That’s how it goes. We’ve seen the past some years how it can change when one team is winning and it’s hard to beat. Our aim is to fix the things that we think are the issue and get better all the time, and obviously do the best that we can every race, and hopefully win races or be on the podium. We have to get stronger and sort out things for the future and upcoming races.”
Raikkonen says that the team can still tailor the car for him.
“The things people say are not always the true things. We have issues and we’re not as fast as we want to be. We just have to fix those, and obviously if we would be happy we should be winning races, and we’re not, so obviously there are things that we have to fix. It’s just many small things, and hopefully once we’ve fixed those we’ll be where we want to be. It’s a long process, it’s not going to happen in a few weeks.”
Max Chilton reckons he could have added to the Marussia Formula 1 team’s points tally at the Monaco Grand Prix if not for the clash with Kimi Raikkonen.
Chilton broke his front wing after colliding with Raikkonen’s rear wheel as he tried to unlap himself during the first safety car phase in Monaco.
Although the incident was not caught on television, Chilton said there was little he could have done to avoid the incident because he felt the Finn had seen him.
Explaining what happened, Chilton said: “You pass the safety car line twice and normally Charlie [Whiting] gives the message that the cars can now overtake the cars in front.
“I came in to Turn 1 and asked my engineer, ‘when are we going to be allowed to overtake the cars in front?
“By the time I got to Casino my engineer said ‘okay, now overtake’. So I came out of Casino, following Kimi and I stayed to the right, the whole way down into Mirabeau.
“He was on the left. I didn’t lunge him – I just showed my nose. And to me he turned in late. I thought he had seen me and let me go.”
The race stewards believed the clash was a normal racing incident, but Chilton reckons that there was little he could have done more to stop the collision once Raikkonen turned in.
“I would do it again [like that],” he said. “I thought it was an open move but Kimi didn’t see me. It was slightly frustrating.
“It wasn’t a lunge. I saw his onboard, he did his belts up, did a dial change, turned in and then looked in his mirror.
“I have never been in a top team and I don’t know if they get a message, but I would have thought they would get a message saying, ‘watch out there will be cars’. I would look in my mirror and then turn.
“It was annoying as he was on for a good race and I think we could have been in the top ten.”
Formula 1 rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Kevin Magnussen say they have not spoken to each other following the various on-track incidents between them this season.
Raikkonen blamed McLaren rookie Magnussen for “destroying” his Malaysian Grand Prix earlier this season, after a hit from behind, and also criticised the Dane for damaging his Ferrari in the next race in Bahrain.
They made contact again in Monaco last time out, when Raikkonen misjudged a pass on Magnussen at Lowes in the closing stages.
Magnussen questioned his rival’s judgement of the move after the race, and joked with Danish TV that maybe Raikkonen had been drinking.
But Magnussen told reporters ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix that he had not spoken to his rival about any of the incidents.
“There’s not much to talk about really,” Magnussen said.
“I’m pretty sure we both understand what happened in those different incidents, so we learn and move on from that.
“It’s not something we do on purpose, it’s something that is an accident.”
Raikkonen reiterated that he only hit Magnussen in Monaco after running out of steering lock and needing to reverse to rejoin the track, and said he wasn’t bothered by criticism from his rival.
“He can say what we wants in the news, that is his choice,” Raikkonen said.
“Sometimes it goes like that.
“I tried [to pass him] in Monaco, but I didn’t hit him – I just couldn’t turn around any more.
“I hit him when I reversed because he was behind me, I had to push him backwards a little bit, but he can say what he wants. It is up to him.”