Kimi Raikkonen: “I was able to recover quite well”

by Paul Hensby

Kimi Raikkonen finished seventh at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, with the Finn left ruing his misfortunes in qualifying, when he stopped on track during Q2, and the subsequent gearbox penalty, which meant he was always on the back foot during the race.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver was also disappointed with his start, when he dropped virtually to the back of the field, but was happy with the way the race developed, and was able to climb back into the points, although his front tyres were beginning to give up on him over the closing laps in Belgium.

“Obviously we cannot be very happy with where we finished, but it’s much better than from where we started,” reflected Raikkonen. “Yesterday we had some issues but today we wanted to get a better end result.

“My start was pretty bad, I had a lot of wheelspin and then obviously the first corner was not ideal, but I was able to recover quite well. My car was handling pretty well through all the race, only towards the end I ran out of the front tyres.

“Today we kept doing our best and tried to improve our position, but coming from so far back it was not easy. We keep trying and hopefully we have some more luck on our side in the future, we are doing the right things as a team but all the times something happens and we cannot get the result we expect.”

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