Raikkonen: Alfa need to understand loss of pace

Michelle Foster
Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

Off the pace throughout the Abu Dhabi GP weekend, Kimi Raikkonen says Alfa Romeo need to understand why they lost “two seconds” to their rivals.

Neither Raikkonen nor Antonio Giovinazzi made it out of Q3 at the Yas Marina circuit with the Italian the second slowest driver.

The team-mates didn’t fare much better in the grand prix with Raikkonen P13 on the night and Giovinazzi three places back.

“It hasn’t been an easy weekend,” said Raikkonen.

“We seemed to struggle with the tyres, to make them work as they should, because in just two weeks our car [became] two seconds slower than the cars we were racing against, but that’s how it is.

“[In the race] it was a little bit better, but we weren’t still fast enough. I could see the other cars, but we weren’t close enough to fight for the points.

“Over just one lap, even the first couple of corners, we couldn’t get the temperature, but it was actually more difficult in the last sector because that’s where you need more grip. The first two sectors are mainly straight lines, so less problems.

“It was slightly better [than qualifying] but it wasn’t an easy car to drive.”

The Finn is hoping Alfa Romeo can figure things out during this week’s two-day Pirelli test.

“We’ll try a few things in testing on Tuesday and Wednesday and for sure we’ll learn some things.

“For sure we’re not where we wanted to be – we want to be where we were in the first part of the season, but for many different reasons we didn’t have the speed to stay up there.

“We actually lost speed, we fell down the order, but that’s how it is.”

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