Kimi Raikkonen is the latest driver to suffer a grid drop for the Belgian Grand Prix, now due to start from the pit lane at Spa-Francorchamps.
‘The Iceman’ had been due to start from P18 after another pretty miserable qualifying performance for the Finn, but the pit lane now beckons as Alfa Romeo have changed the rear wing assembly on his car – probably prompted by the very wet track conditions at Spa.
The drop means Nikita Mazepin will move up to P18, behind team-mate Mick Schumacher, and Lance Stroll, who has a five-place grid drop of his own after causing a collision at the Hungarian Grand Prix, up to P19.
Alfa Romeo has changed the rear wing assembly on Kimi Raikkonen's car (suggests for set-up reasons given the weather) so it's going to be a pit lane start for him. Was 18th on the grid originally #F1 #BelgianGP
— Chris Medland (@ChrisMedlandF1) August 29, 2021
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Kimi’s move to the pit lane was confirmed by the FIA just a little over an hour before lights out.
A statement read: ‘The rear wing has been replaced with the approval of the FIA technical delegate following a written request from the team concerned, this being in accordance with Article 34.2 of the 2021 Formula One Sporting Regulations.
‘But as the above part is different from the one originally used, car number 07 should now be required to start from the pit lane according to Article 34.8b of the 2021 Formula One Sporting Regulations.’