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At the Bahrain GP, Kimi Raikkonen loses patience with his race engineer.
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Over the radio you can hear him accusing him: “You don’t understand”.
At this point, Raikkonen is behind the points and wants to catch up.
After the race, the Finn expressed his dissatisfaction with the Alfa-Sauber car.
Bahrain Grand Prix, lap 29. Kimi Räikkönen (41), in an Alfa-Sauber, has just come from the pit stop and is in 14th position on the field. The Finn asks via radio: “Who is behind me?” The answer comes directly: “Sebastian Vettel, on hard tires”. In this respect nothing more than a normal exchange between the 2007 world champion (Ferrari) and the race engineer.
Strategy discussion over radio
On lap 33, race engineer Julien Simon-Chautemps advises that AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda is now making a pit stop. From then on, Raikkonen would like to know what the future strategy for the race looks like and immediately makes a suggestion himself: “If we have nothing to lose, then I’ll fight. I can be much faster, but the tires can no longer handle that. ” Simon-Chautemps points out that no one is expected in the pits anymore and that there would now be a “tire management race” up to the checkered flag. Means something like: From now on no more tires will be changed, so if you can keep your tires in better condition, you have an advantage.
Raikkonen replies: “Yes, but are we looking for points or not?” Immediate response on the radio: «Of course! What position do we expect? ” «10. Russell has to pit before us. ” Raikkonen sees his strategy confirmed at this moment: “Okay, then we have nothing to lose and I can put pressure on to keep the other drivers behind me.” Simon-Chautemps sees it differently and replies: “Well, you could lose one point for 10th place. I’ll get back.”
“You do not understand it!”
As a result, the 21-time GP winner loses patience and, in exasperation, accuses the race engineer of having lost track of things: “You don’t get it! I have to try to put pressure on to keep them behind me. I’ll do it. And if the tires bend their knees, that’s how it is, okay? ” “OK”. The engineer gives in – Raikkonen comes in eleventh and misses the points by four seconds. The conclusion from the Finn: “I had no chance.” After the race, Kimi also says that the Alfa-Sauber is simply “too slow”. The car is not “fundamentally bad.” Nevertheless, he says: “We have to find more speed. But everyone is in the same boat: We have to take care of the tires, and then you can’t fight. Because when we are aggressive, the tires go to their knees ».
It will be soon to be seen whether this succeeds. The next race will take place on April 18th. In Imola at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix. (rij)