VIDEO: Raikkonen Suffers Drink Woes Again at Monaco GP

Published 05/25/2021, 4:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


A Formula One race can be intense and can dehydrate a driver as they deal with intense force while driving around the circuit. So, it is really important that a driver’s drink pipe is properly connected during races. Unfortunately, Kimi Raikkonen has faced some troubles in that regard in the past, and this presented itself as a problem for the Finn yet again in Monaco.

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Racing for Ferrari at the time, Raikkonen was unable to utilize his drink pipe at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Thus, Kimi went back and forth on the team radio about the pipe coming loose during the race.

Kimi Raikkonen gets angry on the team radio at Monaco

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On the team radio, during the slowdown lap. Raikkonen expressed his anger at the drink pipe getting loose. He said, “Yeah one thing again, the f**king drink pipe came loose on the formation lap and it has been behind my back the whole race that filter.”

“So you know how is it so difficult to put it, connect it correctly,” Raikkonen concluded.

His race engineer said, “Okay copy that, we will have a chat with the guys and see what happened.”

The Iceman shares his thoughts after the race at Monte Carlo

The 41-year-old didn’t have the best of qualifying in Saturday’s session. Despite him making it into the second session, he only managed to put in the 14th fastest lap. Raikkonen was further disappointed as he finished in 11th place, only just missing out on getting his first points of the season.

In the post-race interview after the Monaco GP, upon being asked about how difficult it is to overtake, Raikkonen said, “Yeah it is always been. Obviously, the reason being with the wider cars, basically you can do what you want and go as low as you want and nobody will pass you.

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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 ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

But that’s how Monaco is and not much really happened in my race,” he concluded.

The Alfa Romeo driver is yet to score his first points of the season. He hopes that the upcoming race at Baku will be his chance to make an impact in the driver’s standings.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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