Kimi Raikkonen: “It hasn’t been an easy weekend”


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Kimi Raikkonen believes the seventh round of the 2016 Formula 1 season in Canada wasn’t an easy weekend for him.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver qualified sixth behind the Red Bull Racing of Max Verstappen on Saturday and managed to keep this position when it came to the race on Sunday at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The Finnish driver admitted to struggling with the tyres throughout the race in the cool conditions.

“It hasn’t been an easy weekend,” said Raikkonen. “We tried to make the maximum out of that, but obviously we cannot be satisfied with the result.

“The behaviour of the car was pretty ok in certain parts of the track, but in some others, with the cool conditions, I was struggling with the tires. When I was free to push it felt good, but then when I had to slow down for fuel saving the tires were losing temperature. They were cooling down and it was difficult to make them work again, and this went on for most of the race.”

Ahead of the 2016 European Grand Prix, Raikkonen is unsure over what to expect from the Grand Prix as he has only seen the layout of the street circuit in the simulator.

“Now I don’t know what to expect for the next weekend, I’ve only seen the layout of the Baku track in the simulator but I’m sure it will be a tricky circuit, it’s nice to go to a new place.”