Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari 'can avoid' problem behind Canada spin

Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari can avoid a repeat of the problem that caused him to spin in the Canadian Grand Prix, even though Formula 1's rules limit the team's options

Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari 'can avoid' problem behind Canada spin

The 2007 world champion spun on an out-lap after a pitstop at the Montreal hairpin in the Canadian GP, when he was caught out by the engine settings his car was still running as a result of his stop.

While Raikkonen believes he and Ferrari can now make allowances for what happened in Canada, the FIA's rules on how engine settings can be changed after a car makes a launch (at the start or after a pitstop) means there is always a risk of something similar happening again.

"It was a freak accident, but that's part of the game, and I'm sure we can avoid it," Raikkonen said in the Red Bull Ring paddock on Thursday.

"There are some rules when you do starts, and after the pitstops, there's an FIA lockout that lasts a certain time.

"It doesn't matter when you switch [the engine mode] off it still takes 90 seconds - it's a normal thing on a race weekend.

"You cannot change that, but we have settings we can work on, and knowing what can happen we can try to avoid it.

"We know what caused it and we will do the best we can to minimise that risk.

"The rules limit what you can do, but we know certain corners, at certain circuits, there might be a chance [of a repeat], so we know to do it differently."

Raikkonen added the Montreal spin was the first time he had suffered the problem with the 2015 Ferrari.

"It hasn't happened at all this year - never in testing or practice - the first time it happened was in the race," he said.

"Unfortunately on that circuit in those conditions it happened, and I spun because of it."

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