Epic FIA Fail Sees Kimi Raikkonen Summoned by F1 Stewards Before Season Begins!

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February 28, 2021 4:20 pm

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.

Totally innocent Kimi Raikkonen would be more interested in the actual pre-season tests ahead

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.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – Kimi Raikkonen speaks on stage at the Richard Mille – RM 50-04 Kimi Raikkonen in Singapore. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images for Richard Mille)

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.

Do you think Raikkonen will make it into the points this year? Let us know in the comments.

Also Read: ‘In an Area of Unknown’ – Kimi Raikkonen on Expectations From 2021 Alfa Romeo F1 Car

Ronan Carvalho

Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College. Being an experienced voice on the sport, he has nearly 1000 Formula 1 articles to his name. Having fallen in love with cars at a young age, he soon became an ardent lover of the F1 series and claims Kimi Raikkonen to be his favourite driver and Spa to be his favorite track, thanks in a large part to the thrill of watching cars go through Radillon (yes, not Eau Rouge). However, he doesn't let his biases get in the way of his writing, delivering objective and precise articles to fans of the sport both new and old.

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