While much of the F1 world looked on with hope and anticipation to see how all the teams would stack up against the still supreme Mercedes Team, no group of fans were more concerned than the Tifosi of Ferrari.
While a podium finish by new Ferrari team member Sebastian Vettel was a welcomed performance, Kimi Raikkonen’s day was far less fulfilling. Kimi left the race completing only 40 laps ‘officially’ because of a tire issue. While it was clear that the tire was not fastened tight enough in the previous pit-stop, the car was still having trouble. The Iceman explained:
“Shortly after the start, someone hit me from behind. Then I felt another contact on my right side, but I don’t think it was Sebastian’s car. The impact activated the anti-stall system and did some damage to the floor of the car. We were very quick in the race, able to catch the Williams and to fight for the podium: but then there were problems at both pit stops. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I know I lost something in terms of downforce. However, my team-mate’s podium is a great result for the team. Already in qualifying, despite my mistake on the quick lap, we knew we had a good car. And in the race, the gap to the Mercedes seemed less than on Saturday. It’s simply that, today, everything happened to me.”