Raikkonen seeks change of luck in Germany

Kimi Raikkonen is hoping for a change of luck at this weekend's European Grand Prix following years of disappointing results in Germany

Raikkonen seeks change of luck in Germany

The Finn has a dismal record at the Nurburgring, where he has retired from the lead twice. In 2005, his suspension broke on the final lap.

The Ferrari driver is hoping things will be different this year.

"I don't know what it is about Germany. I have never had any luck there during my entire Formula One career," said Raikkonen.

"I've always been competitive at the Nurburgring and at Hockenheim, but something always happened to stop me from winning. Let's hope that I can turn around things here my first time with Ferrari."

"I had one podium finish at the Nurburgring with my former team, but a couple of times I had to stop while I was leading in the race: that is a bad memory. Although I have to say that I like the place."

Raikkonen has won the last two races in France and Britain to revive his championship hopes, and is the main favourite to win this weekend's race.

The Finn, however, is staying cautious.

"I don't want to predict anything right now," he added. "We have to get on the track and give our best: then we'll see if it's enough to win the race. Up to now there are only two teams, which have won races. I guess that it will remain like that for the rest of the season. I'm glad to race in Germany for Ferrari.

"In the past I had the feeling that Michael (Schumacher) was almost invincible there. It looked as if whatever we did, a red car had to cross the line first. Now it's my turn to do the same. We are now starting the second half of the season and the pressure inevitably rises.

"We have to close the gap on our competitors, but there's still a lot of time left. Slowly but surely, race after race, we have to catch up: we will start doing that on Sunday at the Nurburgring."

shares
comments
Q & A with Colin Kolles

Previous article

Q & A with Colin Kolles

Next article

Fry: Honda must be competitive in 2008

Fry: Honda must be competitive in 2008
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Author Pablo Elizalde
Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row? Plus

Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row?

Aston Martin claims Formula 1’s latest technical tweaks have cost it competitiveness – and that it’s the innocent victim of a regulatory stitch-up aimed at pegging back Mercedes. But is any of this actually true? It depends on who you ask, says STUART CODLING

How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean? Plus

How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been evenly matched so far in the 2021 Formula 1 title race. Neither has been afraid to get aggressive against each other on track, teeing up an enthralling contest as the year unwinds. But is their rivalry destined to end in broken shards of carbon fibre?

Formula 1
May 13, 2021
What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight Plus

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have recovered from their pre-season woes to take three wins from the opening four races of 2021. But each time Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pushed them hard. So, what clues did the latest round of that battle – the Spanish Grand Prix – tease about the next stage of the season?

Formula 1
May 12, 2021
How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Plus

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

Formula 1
May 11, 2021
The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle Plus

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain Plus

How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey Plus

The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey

In the first part of our history of Lotus, DAMIEN SMITH recalls how Formula 1 wasn’t an immediate priority for team founder Colin Chapman – but once he got a taste for it he just couldn’t stop…

Formula 1
May 9, 2021