Raikkonen: ‘No easy fix’ for Alfa Romeo’s issues

Jamie Woodhouse
Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has said there is “no easy fix” for Alfa Romeo’s struggles this year and any solutions will take “time”.

The former World Champion is yet to score a point in 2020 with the C39 struggling to compete with the rest of the pack.

Both Raikkonen and team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi are also yet to make it out of Q1 this season to further add to Alfa’s woes.

And frustration has been building up for Raikkonen who branded the team “too f***ing slow” after qualifying last for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Sadly, the 2007 World Champion doesn’t see a solution any time soon either, saying “no easy fix” exists for Alfa Romeo’s problems.

“The engine side, it is what it is, but even if we had the best chassis, we should be up there,” he said ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

“Obviously we don’t, so we need to improve on that side, and obviously the difficult side is, it’s not an easy fix, it’s not the quickest fix.

“It takes time, so hopefully step-by-step we can start turning it around and being where we want to be.

“Obviously we are too slow, but where did we go wrong? I guess when we designed the car.

“We hoped that we were back where we started last year. We were obviously a lot better off if you compare with the other teams [in 2019] and this year, definitely not where we were hoping to be, or expected to be, so there’s been something gone wrong and obviously we need to improve the downforce.

“We need more aero… and obviously to go faster around every corner. The balance can be quite good, but the lap time is not there, so it’s quite easy in that way to say what we need. But the most difficult part of the whole F1 is probably the aerodynamics, so it’s not an easy fix.”

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Fellow Finn and ex-F1 driver Mika Salo recently suggested Raikkonen would leave Alfa Romeo at the end of the season and thinks F2 star and Ferrari junior Robert Shwartzman should replace him.

“If you are a professional, then you will certainly not leave in the middle of the season. However, I believe that this season it will be over for Kimi,” Salo told Finnish outlet Ilta Sanomat.

“It is quite clear that it is difficult to find motivation [to race at the back]. Kimi still drives pretty good races, but the pace is quite slow because of the car.

“Shwartzman has had bad races lately, but I hope Alfa Romeo will take him as second driver after this season.”

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