Kimi Raikkonen Critical of Alfa Romeo in Sharp Rebuttal to F1 Race Engineer at Silverstone

Published 07/20/2021, 10:21 AM EDT
SOCHI, RUSSIA – Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo talks in the Drivers Press Conference ahead. F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


To say the British Grand Prix was action-packed would be an understatement. Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen was a part of the action as he was cruising through the circuit in P10. Close to the checkered flag, on lap 47, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez made contact with Kimi Raikkonen, sending him spinning off the track, as a result of which the Finn lost positions and finished fifteenth.

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After the race when his race engineer suggested that losing a points position was a huge shame, the Iceman Raikkonen made his frustrations known on the airwaves.

“Maybe we need to make the car fast. It’s impossible to fight against them.” He added, “Same this, same that and try to fight with the other cars. Come on… we got to wake up and do something.” 

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in action during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Kimi Raikkonen had a decent weekend at Silverstone. He was seventeenth-fastest in qualifying but placed thirteenth in the sprint. His teammate, Antonio Giovinazzi, finished 13th on Sunday. Without the collision with Perez, Raikkonen would have out-performed his teammate and bagged points as well.

Silverstone weekend for Kimi Raikkonen

The Alfa Romeos seem to be picking up pace – both drivers placed in the top 15 barring Raikkonen’s qualifying. The free practice session also saw the cars in the top 15. A pretty consistent weekend for the team, and it could have been better if Raikkonen crossed the line with points in the bag.

He stated at an interview that being in the car ahead of someone has become difficult. “I’m watching more mirrors than forward all the time. The race is purely to try and defend… we need to be faster.” 

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Raikkonen hopes for more, even though he has improved on pace. As blunt as always, he described the problem – “Just too slow and as simple as that.” 

The Finn has had a decent weekend, but then again no one wants decent. Raikkonen is a world champion who was once at the top of the grid, and to be placing 15th has to frustrate the veteran.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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