Kimi Raikkonen Slams ‘These Stories’ About His F1 Qualifying Struggles

Published 07/12/2021, 11:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 25, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The indifferent Iceman has struck once again. To Kimi Raikkonen, the upcoming sprint qualifying doesn’t make much of a difference. He confesses he hasn’t looked too much into it. When asked if he’s laid the groundwork for the new format, he replied, “I haven’t even looked how it is going to be run so that about answers the question about how’s my preparation.

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He isn’t too fazed by what could happen; the Alpha Romeos have been doing great over the last couple of races, just falling shy of points.

Talking about how important the set-up is for excellent performances, he said, “Honestly, set up doesn’t make any difference. It’s not like we have different setup for the qualifying and the race…” 

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

He added, “I don’t really get these stories that there is a race set up or a quali set up. I have never found that out as long as I have been in F1 but maybe it is different for some other teams or drivers.”

Raikkonen has driven through various eras of the sport; from machinery to rules, Kimi has experienced everything. So it’s not a surprise that a new format is nothing astonishing to the champ.

Can Alfa Romeo rule the midfield?

Alfa Romeo has had many seasons of infrequent highs. With F1’s most experienced driver paired with the ever-improving Antonio Giovinazzi, maybe the team can pick up pace over this season.

They’ve started the season on an upgraded Ferrari power unit and have made a couple of changes in the body’s design as well. The team has one of the smallest budgets on the grid; however, with the recent upgrades and the two talented drivers, they may have a chance of achieving their goals.

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Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2020 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi in the paddock ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“It is easy to go into the weekend, see how it pans out and go from there.” At Alfa Romeo, the team is ready to give their best. “I don’t really have expectations for it, we will obviously do our best and whatever the program is and hopefully do well,” Raikkonen concluded.

The world champion seems to be confident in his team and his capabilities to tackle the upcoming race weekend at Silverstone. Will we see the Alfa Romeos bring home points?

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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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