He’s called the Iceman for his unflappable nature. He’s a bundle of joy for many fans who admire his ability to go quick in an F1 car. Just last year, Kimi Raikkonen, in his stellar efforts at Monza demonstrated that he still had the fight and the ability in him to do something special.
Despite being the oldest man on the grid, again a fact that hasn’t changed this year, Kimi put up a sensational 1:19:119 at the Italian Grand Prix, the fastest lap in the history of the sport. He would carry on that form into the US Grand Prix by winning it ahead of Hamilton, a familiar on-track opponent.
That said, there were a lot of hopes to see something different and bold from Kimi when he’d show raw pace during the winter testing at Jerez, early on in the year. Hopes were raised when until the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Kimi would end up scoring all the points, albeit driving not the quickest car on the grid; his Alfa Romeo.
But where the last 3 races stand, then it can be seen that Kimi Raikkonen’s performance has experienced a blip in form. He’s gone all downhill starting Spain. At Monaco, the next race, he’d score no points. And a similar scenario would continue at Canada, where we last saw round seven of the 2019 F1 season.
That said, with Raikkonen having failed to score in the past three races, it remains to be seen if he can bring something special to the fore in the races that lie ahead. For starters, though, the Finn is expecting to up his game and get something right in the car which is sort of, sandbagging.
It doesn’t help his cause one bit that his teammate, Antonio Giovinazzi, someone with speed and reflexes on his side, has failed to open his account thus far.
F1.com, the home of the pinnacle of the Grand Prix racing had this to say in lines with Kimi Raikkonen’s plight:
“Raikkonen and teammate Antonio Giovinazzi showed reasonable pace over one lap and on Saturday were in contention to make Q3, even if they ultimately missed out. But come race day, they appeared to struggle to get the tyres working and lacked the pace to threaten for points.
Raikkonen finished 15th, his second-worst finish of the year, and Giovinazzi two places ahead, with the team ninth in the constructors’ championship, ahead of only Williams who are yet to score.”
When contacted about what could be expected from him and his team in the contests up ahead, here’s what Kimi Raikkonen, now approaching 40, had to say:
“We should get some new parts for the next race, hopefully that will help us to be back fighting for the points. It was not an easy weekend, we take what we got, look at what we can do and take it from there.”