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Raikkonen: Start which attracted penalty was nothing special

2019 German Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen says his start in the German Grand Prix, which attracted a penalty due to the behaviour of his clutch, was not an especially good one.

Raikkonen moved up from fifth to third at the start of the race but said this was only because the cars ahead of him got away poorly.

“I think it was a pretty normal start,” he said. “It only looked like it was good because the Red Bulls just made a bad start themselves.”

Alfa Romeo confirmed today it has appealed the stewards’ decision to penalise Raikkonen and team mate Antonio Giovinazzi 30 seconds each on their race time after finding their clutches did not behave correctly at the start of the race. Raikkonen said he does not know what the team intends to present in its attempt to overturn the decision.

“I know the appeal has been done but I don’t know how it is going to go,” he said. “I have absolutely zero else to stay about it.”

Raikkonen originally finished seventh but was relegated to 12th by his penalty. He believes a better finish had been possible before he was penalised.

“For sure we were a bit disappointed,” he said. “We could have done a few things better. There was scope to have much more points. I think it was great we got a few points but I think the whole team felt we could do a better job and we learned from this.

“There was a few times we did the wrong thing but it’s so easy in this kind of conditions to change the wrong type of tyre, it’s small things but it can impact a lot in this kind of thing. It’s so easy to say afterwards, it’s very obvious, but that’s how it goes.”

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5 comments on “Raikkonen: Start which attracted penalty was nothing special”

  1. Now I’m even more curious as to what evidence they’ll provide at the appeal.

    I’m sure they recall Ferrari becoming a laughingstock post-Canada, so they’ll probably have something more substantial? One can hope.

    1. @phylyp I find it funny that kimi keeps commenting their race as if it counted for anything. It’s as if he knows alfas penalties are total bs.
      I go as far to say that whatever happened with the alfas, a “rival” was waiting for a worthy opportunity to use it for their own benefit. Hard to believe that alfa’s clutch is any different to any other ferrari.

  2. Kimi straight as ever and truthful.

    The late much loved Charlie, if there were indeed doubts about the start, would perhaps have given a warning for a first time.
    But Masi is more inclined to the heavy handed approach, and boy do they like to take hours and hours. Every race we wait till past bedtime for a final result. It’s ridiculous.

    1. Charlie was established in his role, Masi not only is inexperienced but also is a temp. Masi will do whatever pressure will lead him to do, after all he wants to keep his job.

  3. I hear Charun Kandock will be presenting evidence on Alfa’s behalf ,

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