Brazilian GP: Ferrari F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen 'bored' in fourth

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen says he was bored on his way to a fourth-place finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix

Brazilian GP: Ferrari F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen 'bored' in fourth

Raikkonen finished where he started and was the last car on the lead lap, more than 30 seconds behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who switched from a two-stop to a three-stop strategy mid-race.

Sticking to his original strategy meant the Finn's race was about tyre conservation.

"Quite a boring race in the end for me," he said.

"With the new tyres it was OK, but then on the used tyres I struggled with the front and the tyre behaviour every time so it was a bit tricky.

"We started fourth and finished fourth, obviously not the nicest handling throughout the race, but it was better than the last person.

"If we'd done a three-stop rather than a two-stop I don't think the end result would have looked any different."

Prior to Felipe Massa's exclusion, the top eight drivers on the grid finished inside the top eight in the race, in largely the same order, prompting Vettel and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to call for initiatives to help overtaking.

Raikkonen said it simply resembled a normal, dry grand prix.

"This is how it is quite often," he said.

"We happened to have some odd conditions and then a lot of things can happen with the safety cars and stuff like that so then there is a lot of overtaking and a lot of battles.

"But quite often we can have a pretty boring race from start to finish.

"It's one of those days."

FOURTH OR FIFTH NOT A FACTOR

After a pair of DNFs following clashes with Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, Raikkonen moved back to within one point of Bottas in the battle for fourth in the drivers' championship.

However, he insists that fight is not on his radar.

"It's better than fifth but does it really matter?" he said.

"People don't really remember if you finish fourth or fifth in the end.

"I will try to do the maximum results but it's not going to change our world wherever we finish."

shares
comments
Brazilian GP: Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa excluded over tyres

Previous article

Brazilian GP: Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa excluded over tyres

Next article

Maldonado penalty for Ericsson Interlagos clash 'harsh', says Lotus

Maldonado penalty for Ericsson Interlagos clash 'harsh', says Lotus
Load comments
Hamilton at 100 wins: In his adversaries’ words Plus

Hamilton at 100 wins: In his adversaries’ words

Some 18 drivers have finished runner-up to Lewis Hamilton on his way to 100 wins. Three of those recall their battles with Formula 1’s centurion and give their personal insights into the seven-time world champion on his rise to unchartered territory

Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Russian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 Russian GP was decided by late-arriving rain that allowed some to climb and caused others to plummet. But the events which played out beforehand are equally significant when considering the all-important driver ratings

How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi Plus

How Mercedes made the “blind faith” call that won Hamilton his 100 milestone at Sochi

Until rain turned the Russian Grand Prix on its head in the closing stages, Lando Norris was set to convert his first Formula 1 pole position into a maiden win. But having recovered well from being shuffled back at the start, Hamilton and his Mercedes team called the changing conditions spot-on for a landmark 100th F1 victory

Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces Plus

Why momentum is again behind Australia’s aces

At the Italian Grand Prix Daniel Ricciardo turned around a troubled F1 season and, in F2, Oscar Piastri demonstrated once again that he is a potential star of the future. BEN EDWARDS weighs up the prospects of F1 having two Australian stars

Formula 1
Sep 26, 2021
The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers Plus

The tough balancing act facing Schumacher’s Netflix film producers

Michael Schumacher is the latest sporting superstar to get the ‘Netflix treatment’, with a special documentary film airing on the US streaming giant’s platform this month. DAMIEN SMITH has the inside track on how the filmmakers gained access to tell the human story behind one of Formula 1’s most publicity-shy champions - while the man himself, for obvious reasons, is in absentia… 

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2021
The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery Plus

The times that suggest Verstappen should be confident of F1 Russian GP recovery

For the second race in a row, Mercedes has ended the first day of track action on top. It’s in a commanding position at the Russian Grand Prix once again – this time largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s upcoming engine-change grid penalty. But there’s plenty to suggest all hope is not lost for the championship leader at Sochi

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2021
The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1 Plus

The ‘backwards step’ that is the right move for Formula 1

OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2021
The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots Plus

The floundering fortunes of F1’s many Lotus reboots

Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. DAMIEN SMITH brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2021