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Raikkonen's spins in the Canadian GP related to engine settings

The spins that Kimi Raikkonen suffered during the Canadian GP weekend were the result of issues related to the engine settings on his Ferrari Formula 1 car, AUTOSPORT has learned.

The Finn suffered two spins exiting the hairpin during the event, once in the second free practice session on Friday and again in the later stages of Sunday's race.

The 2007 world champion said after the race that he had received a "sudden kick" from the engine at that corner, and Ferrari confirmed to AUTOSPORT in the build-up to this weekend's Austrian GP that "issues related to engine settings" were to blame for Raikkonen's rotations.

The Finn said the team had probably not worked hard enough after the first spin to rectify the issue, but is confident of no repeat issues at the Red Bull Ring.

"The same happened in practice exactly and I spun exactly the same way," Raikkonen said when asked by AUTOSPORT to explain why he spun in Canada.

"It's just many things came together and it can happen.

"We know now that now and we probably knew after practice, but really didn't put enough thoughts into it to make sure it will not happen again.

"I'm sure now we've made a lot of changes that it should not happen anymore."

Raikkonen is also hopeful the layout of the Red Bull Ring, which returns to the F1 calendar after a 10-year absence, will better suit the F14 T than Montreal.

"I think this should be better than Canada," Raikkonen added.

"[But] it's not an awful lot different to Canada, which has long straights and chicanes; here is long straights [too], three high-speed corners and that's about it.

"Bahrain and Canada are the most difficult places for us right now.

"Hopefully we find out it's pretty good here, but it's just guessing.

"We'll see how it goes tomorrow and get the first idea."

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