Kimi Raikkonen: “The Wet tyres are very vulnerable”

Kimi Raikkonen - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen admitted that he was not expecting to aquaplane where he did as the Scuderia Ferrari driver crashed out of the Brazilian Grand Prix early as he approached the startline.

The Finn lost control exiting the final corner, despite almost getting control, he hit the outside wall before crossing the track and hitting the pit wall, where he was lucky to be avoided by the rest of the field as they approached at high speed towards the scene of the accident.

Raikkonen felt the Pirelli wet tyres were not good enough for the conditions, and believes there is scope for improvement, especially as previous tyres would have been able to manage the levels of water on the Autódromo José Carlos Pace track.

“The conditions today were not the easiest ones: it was very tricky, and when you do many laps behind the Safety Car it gets even more difficult,” said Raikkonen. “It was not raining heavily, but there was a lot of standing water.

“The biggest problem was the aquaplaning and I got it in a place where I was not expecting it: I spun off on the straight! I almost got the car back, but then I went off in a pretty bad place.

“The Wet tyres are very vulnerable, easy to aquaplaning. It obviously depends on the circuit and on many other things, but comparing to some years ago, those tyres could handle this kind of water with no issues of aquaplaning.”