Raikkonen – Driving style the issue, not a lack of motivation
Kimi Raikkonen has lashed out at questions over his level of motivation, following a disappointing Chinese Grand Prix.
Raikkonen came home eighth in China, over a minute behind his Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso, who battled with the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and the two Red Bull’s to finish third, to secure the Scuderia’s first podium finish of the season.
“I don’t know why you always come up with motivation,” said the Finn. “If I didn’t have motivation I wouldn’t be here answering these kinds of questions. It’s f**k all to do with that. We have bad races and it’s an unfortunate thing, but the aim is to improve and get where we want to be.”
The 34-year-old, who has a best finish of seventh this season, instead blamed his own driving style for his recent underwhelming results since his return to Ferrari.
“A difficult weekend overall,” he said. “I think it’s a combination of cold conditions, circuit layout and my driving style.”
“I don’t think I work the tyres very hard, so when it’s wet and cold it’s hard to get the tyres working.
“The new tyre works well until the grip from the rear tyres goes away, then you have to go slower and you start cooling down the tyres more and everything goes around and around and you cannot fix it.
“There’s not just a magic thing I can suddenly change in my driving and fix,” added the 2007 champion. “It works for you in some places and against you in some.
“We just have to work and find some solutions when we have this and hopefully not end up in similar situations.
“Once you end up there it’s hard to get out – especially in the race.”
Raikkonen currently sits 12th in the drivers’ championship with 11 points after four races, while his Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso lies third overall.
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