Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen looking forward to the usual highs and lows of Montreal
PUBLISHED: 09:28 06 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:28 06 June 2013
Kimi Raikkonen would love to be a winner in Canada again with Hethel-backed Lotus, but not via Montreal’s lottery.
Raikkonen has taken the chequered flag once in nine attempts at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – back in 2005 at a time when he was with McLaren.
To triumph at the track requires not just skill but on occasion an element of luck given the variables on offer, not least the weather as rain can often strike as is forecast this weekend.
But as Raikkonen proved in 2008 when vying for the win with Robert Kubica, sometimes the most unexpected events can occur.
“I have won there which was pretty good, but I have experienced some setbacks there as well,” said Raikkonen. “Many times the race has been quite a lottery as there seem to be different things which affect it.
EDP F1 correspondent Michael Bailey says…
Kimi’s season had been superbly consistent and taken him to serious title consideration – but he didn’t have the best time of it in Monaco last time out.
It wasn’t completely his fault of course – Sergio Perez had a fair bit to answer – and Raikkonen still managed something special to pinch a late 10th and make it 23 successive points finishes.
In fact a top-10 in Montreal will see the Finn equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 24, even if the parameters for Schumi’s record were a bit tougher.
But a points finish will be the very least of Kimi’s ambitions and the fact is, he needs another podium – if not more – at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to ensure he keeps up with his fellow title contenders.
“The weather can change a lot; sometimes the tyres or the track aren’t working very well; sometimes there are a lot of safety cars.
“Then sometimes another driver (Lewis Hamilton) runs into the back of you when you’re waiting at a red light. Overall, the stop-and-go style of the circuit is something I quite enjoy.”
Raikkonen experienced similar misfortune in Monaco 10 days ago when he collided with Sergio Perez, with the McLaren driver going for an improbable gap into the chicane on the Lotus star.
It resulted in Perez later retiring with overheating brakes, whilst Raikkonen managed to salvage 10th after dropping to 16th following a pit stop for a change of tyres after collecting a puncture.
Prior to the accident the 33-year-old Finn was running fifth and was only poised to drop a few points in the title race to Sebastian Vettel, but now finds himself 21 adrift.
“For sure we lost ground on the lead in Monaco, but it’s not over yet,” added Raikkonen. “It’s still early in the season and 21 points behind is not too much to catch up, especially if Sebastian has a bad weekend too at some point.
“The most important thing is we return to our race level before Monaco to get things going our way as soon as possible.”
As for Raikkonen’s spat with Perez, stating “maybe someone should punch him in the face” to teach him a lesson given his driving exploits of late, he insists that is now in the past.
“No-one wants to lose so many points thanks to the actions of another driver, but that race is over,” added Raikkonen. “Monaco is just a distant memory and I’m all ready for Canada.”