Raikkonen: Tire change won't hurt Lotus

Raikkonen: Tire change won't hurt Lotus

Formula 1

Raikkonen: Tire change won't hurt Lotus


Kimi Raikkonen says he has no concerns that Pirelli’s new Formula 1 tires will hurt his Lotus team’s form from the German Grand Prix.

Pirelli is introducing revised tires featuring a Kevlar belt in order to avoid the problems seen in the British Grand Prix last weekend. Lotus was among the teams that lobbied against tire changes for the Canadian GP as it felt the move could hurt its form.

Raikkonen feels there is no reason to worry, as he says the tires he tested in Canada felt fine.

“They have to do some changes and that is what has been decided,” said Raikkonen in Germany. “If they are similar tires to those we tried in Canada it actually felt better. So, I don’t know if it is going to be the same but I have no concerns. I think we had one run, but it was OK.”

Teammate Romain Grosjean welcomed the move on safety grounds after his scare at Silverstone, where Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso suffered a blow-out right in front of him.

“I am pretty pleased about how we changed things from Silverstone, when the safety issue was needed,” he said. “It was a little bit too much. When we were behind the Toro Rosso on Hangar Straight and we had the tire blowing in front of us, it was a bit scary if you imagine at 300kph you can have a massive piece of rubber flying to your head.”