Raikkonen expecting ‘more fun’ with 2017 cars at Silverstone


Kimi Raikkonen will have a new Ferrari engine this weekend at Silverstone - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen admits that he preferred the previous configuration of the Silverstone circuit but still feels the updated layout is a great one to drive, with the Finn aiming to return to the podium this weekend.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver expects to be able to carry more speed through the corners this weekend, which he feels will make it a more fun experience, which will add to an already great atmosphere that Silverstone has thanks to its fans.

“Silverstone it’s a great place,” said Raikkonen, “and I enjoy driving here. The track has a lot of history and there’s always a great atmosphere.

“I have raced here before F1, I liked the old circuit, the layout was more flowing. It hasn’t changed a lot, the feeling is a bit different but it’s still a great place to drive.

“This year we have completely different cars and rules, we expect to have more downforce than last year’s car and thus to carry more speed through the fast corners. Tomorrow we’ll see if it’s that’s the case: hopefully it goes more in that direction because it’s more fun!”

Raikkonen has revealed that he will have a new power unit on board his SF70-H this weekend at Silverstone, which is a planned change, but it means he will be closer to a grid penalty, with drivers only allowed four units per season.

“We have a limited amount of engines because of the regulations, and now it’s time to put a new one in; as was planned since the beginning,” said Raikkonen.