Kimi Raikkonen: “I’m a bit disappointed with where we ended up”


Kimi Raikkonen - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kimi Raikkonen was slightly disappointed to end the Austrian Grand Prix only third, especially after running at the front of Max Verstappen at the start of the race.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver was ultimately forced to settle to finish behind the teenager from Red Bull Racing, with the Finn feeling he lost too much time whilst trying to battle the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo before finding his opportunities to pass Verstappen limited by yellow flags.  He did inherit the podium position on the final lap however when Nico Rosberg slowed with damage caused by his collision with Lewis Hamilton, but it was still not the result Raikkonen had been hoping for.

Despite this, Raikkonen felt he did his best at the Red Bull Ring, but hopes for more next weekend at Silverstone for both himself and his team.

“It was not an easy day but I did my best,” said Raikkonen. “Third position is an ok result but I’m a bit disappointed with where we ended up: considering the first part of the race, we expected more here as a team.

“At the beginning we had good speed to catch up a bit with the Mercedes, but then after my pit stop it was not easy to recover. I lost precious time trying to pass Ricciardo, I got close to him many times, but then I was losing traction trying to get out of turn two. Once I got past him I had a very good speed and I was very happy with the handling.

“In the last part of the race I think I could have passed Max, but with the yellow flags on track it was not possible. Handling-and-speed-wise today we got the maximum out of the car, but it was not enough because we want to be up there with both cars.

“Hopefully in Silverstone we’ll have a smoother weekend and a better result.”