Raikkonen says Alfa Romeo lagging in updates

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Raikkonen says Alfa Romeo lagging in updates

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Raikkonen says Alfa Romeo lagging in updates


Kimi Raikkonen says Alfa Romeo needs to update its 2019 car after not having the pace to challenge for points in the Canadian Grand Prix.

A strong start to the season saw Alfa Romeo pick up points in each of the first four races, but it has failed to score since Azerbaijan with Antonio Giovinazzi’s 13th place in Montreal its best finish in the past three rounds. Raikkonen says the car is lacking overall pace at this stage of the season, and called on his team to bring new parts as quickly as possible.

“It was sort of a tough weekend to get through — we never had enough speed and, obviously, it was far from a perfect race,” Raikkonen said. “Once we were in P12 or P13 then I don’t care if I finish there or last… you don’t get anything from there. In some laps it felt a bit better, on other laps we were lacking a lot of grip; it was not consistent. Hopefully for the next race we’ll get some new stuff and move forward.

“Obviously we didn’t get much out of it, but this how it was. We didn’t have the speed most of the weekend, even if some laps it felt a bit better. We’ll get some new parts and hopefully that will help us. The speed was never there to be in the top 10.”

While the rapid change in competitiveness has been surprising, Raikkonen says Alfa Romeo can’t blame the Pirelli tires for any of its recent struggles, identifying new parts as the only fix.

“Tires, everybody has the same, so for sure we have some work to be done on our car. We should get some new parts for the next race; hopefully that will help us to be back fighting for the points.

“I think unfortunately there are a few small things, that have nothing to do with us — some random things. I think we need to tidy up some things, do a bit of a better job here and there. So we need to keep pushing, get some new parts for the car to make it faster again.”