Kimi Raikkonen suspects “something isn’t right” with his Ferrari Formula 1 car, after struggling for speed throughout the Japanese Grand Prix weekend.
The 2007 F1 world champion felt he had made a breakthrough with the set-up of his F14 T during the previous race in Singapore, where he was matching team-mate Fernando Alonso in qualifying before his session was spoiled by a software glitch on his Ferrari engine. But Raikkonen qualified eight tenths adrift of Alonso at Suzuka and also struggled in the wet in Sunday’s race, finishing a lapped 12th as Alonso retired on the opening lap with an electrical issue.
Raikkonen said he could not understand why his difficulties handling the Ferrari had returned.
“The whole weekend we struggled with the front like crazy. Dry, wet. It’s just completely different than before,” explained Raikkonen, who said he “couldn’t understand” this given the specification of the car had not changed since Singapore.
“Hopefully we will find something that will explain what was going on. In the dry in the first part of the lap with the new tires it [the car] was just pushing, pushing [into understeer]. Very odd.
“For two laps intermediates worked and then just grained and I had no front end. Then again [it’s the] same story.
“For me something isn’t right, but until we see what’s the issue I don’t have an explanation. It just felt very different to any other races. Let’s hope we get that fixed. It was a disappointing weekend.”