Kimi Raikkonen is in high spirits ahead of Austrian Grand Prix, saying he enjoys the lack of turns at the famously short racetrack.
At just 4.3km long and with only ten turns, the Red Bull Ring is one of the fastest tracks on the F1 calendar. This short, fast lap means the track suits drivers who have a better setup than those with outright pace – as was seen at last year’s race when then Manor Racing’s driver Pascal Wehrlein took a shock point for the team.
Talking about the Austrian race weekend, Kimi said: “I like the layout of this track: it doesn’t have many corners, so the lap time is quite short and everybody is quite close in qualifying.”
Raikkonen has struggled to match the pace of teammate Sebastian Vettel this year, coming second best to the German driver in every race so far. He was once again keen to not set expectations too high for the weekend, saying: “It’s not easy to make predictions for the weekend, even if, in the past this track has been quite good for us but obviously, with the new rule changes, you never know. I think that our car should be fine, we have been pretty strong everywhere so far.
“We are quite confident that wherever we go and in whatever conditions we can be up there. The end result obviously depends on many things, we’ll see how it goes but we should be ok”.
Raikkonen – “I like the layout of this track: it doesn’t have many corners”
Raikkonen currently sits fifth in the Drivers’ Championship with less than half the points of Scuderia Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel. Both Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers and Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo also currently stand between him and the top spot, with Raikkonen on 73 points to Vettel’s 153.