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“Spa Is A Great Circuit, But Obviously This Doesn’t Make You Faster Or Slower!” – Kimi Räikkönen

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Kimi Raikkonen - Belgian Grand Prix - F1
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Kimi Räikkönen knows the weather will be a “key point” this weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix after topping Free Practice 2 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

The Finnish driver has won in Belgium four times in his career and enjoys driving this track but states that doesn’t make his go any faster.

“That was our first day of practice after the break; we did our pretty usual job to get a feeling for the car once again,” said Räikkönen.  “I enjoy driving on this track, it has a good flow and this generation of cars are pretty nice to drive here.

“I think Spa is a great circuit, but obviously this doesn’t make you faster or slower!”

Scuderia Ferrari topped both sessions on Friday with Räikkönen’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel quickest in Free Practice 1 but the Finn was quick to remind people that you get no points on Friday and there is still work to do.

“We always say that Friday is Friday and times don’t really matter today; it was ok, but for sure we still have some work ahead of us,” he said.  “Tomorrow we’ll try to do our best and see where we end up.”

The weather can cause problems for teams as parts of the track can be wet and others dry and Räikkönen knows that the weather can still play a major factor this weekend. 

“We expected some rain today but it did not come,” said Räikkönen.  “But the weather can still be a key point this weekend, as it changes very quickly here.”

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