Raikkonen: Form hurt by revised tires

Raikkonen: Form hurt by revised tires

Formula 1

Raikkonen: Form hurt by revised tires


Kimi Raikkonen says the chances of curing his qualifying issues are being hampered by the tire usage restrictions that have been imposed over the second half of the campaign.

Raikkonen has suffered a drop in qualifying form because the new Pirelli tires used since the Hungarian Grand Prix do not suit his driving style. Although he has made some progress on the issue in recent races, he revealed ahead of the Indian GP that he is being limited in what he can do by the camber and pressure restrictions that Pirelli have imposed on safety grounds.

“The limits on the cambers and pressures, they add up to a lot,” he said. “There are not many things you can do, and unfortunately we are a bit stuck. If we were free to do with the cambers what we want, it would be a much easier thing.

“But that is how it is. I think for one lap it is an issue ” but in the race it is not so much because you don’t push as much in certain places. Hopefully we can try to do other things, but then you start hurting in places that you were fine before.

“It is a never-ending story and we are not really getting anywhere, so we have to try to figure it out. In certain places yes, I could go faster, but we have to try to live with it.”

Despite fearing that the usage limits will prevent a total cure for his problems he thinks that some progress is being made.

“We have some plans and hopefully we can improve it a bit,” he said. “I am sure we can do better than the last few races.”

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