The exhilarating Italian Grand Prix served up plenty of talking points. Most drivers were pretty happy after the race, if not for their own performance but for Pierre Gasly’s. But one man was most definitely not pleased, Kimi Raikkonen.
Kimi’s race was an absolute roller coaster not only in terms of his own performance but also that of his fans’ emotions. The Finn started the race in P14, getting out of Q1 for the first time this season. He was doing a solid job, moving up into P12 before all hell broke loose.
When the race restarted, Kimi found himself in an unusual position of being P2 in an Alfa Romeo. Suddenly, in this short sprint race, Kimi was handed a chance of a solid points finish. In fact, a podium seemed well within his reach.
Little did he know that he and his fans were in for a rude awakening. With his softs deteriorating rapidly and the C39 not helping matters, Raikkonen kept losing places lap after lap. He eventually finished the race in P13 and still is yet to open his points tally for the season.
As you’d expect, Kimi was fuming. After terming his race, “F*cking sh*t” on the team radio, he proceeded to storm through a sea of cars wanting to get out of the track ASAP. The ‘Iceman’ was anything but cool today.
What Kimi Raikkonen said of his performance in Monza
According to the man himself, “It was a sh*t result, but what can we do? We had no tires left apart from the soft and it didn’t last obviously. (The result) could have been better but it wasn’t so.”
And so the wait for points continues. It almost seems like every driver racing in a car fitted with the Ferrari engine is cursed this season. It would be a pity to see a legendary driver like Kimi finish what many expect to be his last season in the sport without a single point under his belt.
Not that he personally would dwell too much on it, after all, racing is only a hobby for him. But his fans would certainly hope for some points before the season wraps up. Maybe Mugello could bring some joy perhaps? We’ll have to wait and see.