It looks as though even the FIA can’t get enough of Kimi Raikkonen. The Alfa Romeo driver who is busy conducting a shakedown in Barcelona with the newly unveiled C41 might get the shock of his life when he sees that the FIA had summoned him and his team to Bahrain. The reason? Apparently, the ‘Iceman’ broke a rule when testing on February 23.
However, the document that blames Kimi appears to be a massive lapse from the FIA. Raikkonen wasn’t even in Bahrain. In fact, no team has reached Bahrain yet, and the pre-season tests are only scheduled to begin on March 12.
As it turns out, on February 23, Raikkonen was busy ‘not’ smiling for the cameras as the team unveiled its driver lineup and their latest machine.
The rule that Kimi has allegedly fallen foul of is Article 31.6.
Article 31.6 concerns a driver reducing their speed once the red flag has been waved on the track. It also states the procedures to be followed to head back to the pitlane.
The whole scenario is made even more hilarious by the fact that all the details accusing the Finn are incredibly accurate. The time at which Raikkonen has broken the rule is stated to be 18:36 and that the team and the driver was supposed to report to the stewards at 14:30.
The Alfa Romeo driver had a tough season last year. Despite some memorable moments, he only managed to accumulate four points. He would hope that this season is far more fruitful, especially since fans believe this might be his last.
The C41, the car Kimi was actually busy launching, certainly looks like a gorgeous machine. But only the pre-season tests will reveal just how competitive it is. Ferrari, who supply the Hinwil-based outfit with engines, are optimistic that they have made up for the pace deficit that was evident last year. This should be positive news for Alfa Romeo. But then again, there is only so much a stronger engine can do if the chassis isn’t up to the mark.
Most likely, however, Kimi would be fighting at the back of the grid with the Haas and Williams cars.
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