Finally Kimi scores points, but ‘hoped for more’

Date published: September 14 2020

Alfa Romeo are targeting a “clean race weekend” in the Russian Grand Prix to build on Kimi Raikkonen’s points finish at Mugello.

Kimi Raikkonen’s dismal run outside the points came to an end at the Tuscan Grand Prix, but the veteran “hoped for more”.

The Finn had gone eight races this season without finishing in the top 10, but he put an end to that with P9 at an eventful first ever Tuscan Grand Prix, even with a five-second time penalty to his name after entering the pit lane in a dangerous manner.

He also got caught up in a first-lap crash which involved Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Italian GP winner Pierre Gasly among others.

Of course ‘The Iceman’ was more commonly talked about after the Tuscan GP for his rather stern ‘for what?’ response when told about his penalty over team radio, but there is no denying that they were two important points for Raikkonen as rumours about his F1 future continue to swirl with he and Alfa Romeo struggling for form.

But in true Kimi fashion, he “hoped for more” than P9 at Mugello.

“I got penalised when I went over the white line when I entered the pit lane,” he said.

“But we still brought home two important points. That’s the main thing. A shame when it is like this and we have damage straight away. We kept fighting but obviously, we always hope for a bit more.

“I think we could have finished even higher with a cleaner afternoon, but hopefully we will carry the performance to the next few events.”

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Raikkonen was confident that the C39 had a lot more to give if it wasn’t for the damage from that early collision at Turn 2.

“It started very badly. I don’t know what happened. The car that hit us in the second corner was probably surprised by how much we had to slow down in Turn 2 and obviously I lost some parts and a front wing,” he recalled.

“Then there was the restart and the red flag and we had quite bad handling because we had no front end on the car and we kept adding and adding. We had a bad pit stop, then there was another red flag.

“We had decent speed when the car was somewhere where it should be but we had damage. Without it, I am sure the car would have been pretty quick.”

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