Bad luck has clouded early Ferrari form – Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen has blamed a spate of bad luck for his lack of results in the early part of 2014, which he feels has clouded his otherwise impressive form since his Ferrari return.
Raikkonen had looked set to collect his first podium finish since his return to Ferrari during the Monaco Grand Prix before a puncture, caused from contact with Marussia’s Max Chilton as the Briton attempted to unlap himself, forced the Finn into a second stop, dropping him to the back of the field, while he later clashed with Kevin Magnussen’s McLaren after a late botched pass into the Loews hairpin.
It was the third this year that Raikkonen – who is still yet to beat his team-mate Fernando Alonso in a race in 2014 – has had his race compromised with unnecessary contact, after similar incidents in Australia and Malaysia, moments of misfortune which the Finn argues have masked his early season form.
“It’s a shame. Again we had a good position [in Monaco] but got a puncture so it’s just bad luck,” the Finn told AUTOSPORT.
“Small things go wrong and make a massive difference in the end.
“I have driven well many times, but there’s always been something going wrong in the races – like punctures from other people hitting me – and it’s just never come together really.”
Yet Raikkonen, who has struggled to adapt to the handling of the F14 T since Ferrari’s 2014 car was unveiled ahead of the season, remains upbeat that his fortunes will soon change, as the Scuderia looks to reign in Mercedes and Red Bull during this week’s Canadian Grand Prix.
“Once we get a good feeling with things I’m sure it’s going to be a lot better,” added the 34-year-old.
“But until we get the results and things fixed we have to keep fighting and hopefully be a bit more lucky in the future.”
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Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.