Kimi Raikkonen was left to rue a spin just after his first pit stop during the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with the Scuderia Ferrari driver dropping from third down to fourth as a result.
Raikkonen was disappointed to have the same issues as he did back in 2014, with a spin at the hairpin, caused by his energy store ‘kicking in’, costing him a near-certain podium finish. He was unable to close the gap on Valtteri Bottas ahead of him, ultimately finishing just under five seconds back on his fellow Finn.
“The result of today is not ideal, we expected more than what we got in the end,” mused Raikkonen. “My start was pretty good but then I did not have enough speed to go through and try to pass the Mercedes at the first corner.
“The tires were working pretty much ok, but in this kind of circuit fuel saving plays a big part and this obviously limited our speed today.
“My spin is exactly the same story of last year, I had no problem in any of the sessions during the weekend, but for some reason today in both the outlaps something odd happened with the throttle, and I could not control it.
“It’s a very unfortunate thing. We tried to recover from that but we found ourselves on different tactics than the Williams.
“Overall we had a pretty good weekend, we definitely improved in certain areas but of course this is not the result that I was expecting this morning. We’ll keep on working and improving things.”