JUNE 20, 2015
F1 rules contributed to Canada spin says Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari has made some tweaks in the wake of his spin in Canada recently.
The spin cost the Finn a sure podium, and incurred the wrath of his boss Maurizio Arrivabene, just as Raikkonen's future in red is being hotly debated.
"Ferrari has not said exactly what happened," fellow Finn Mika Hakkinen commented last week, "but they probably should, to stop the speculation."
In Austria, it was Raikkonen who did the explaining.
"We knew pretty quickly after the grand prix why the spin happened," he is quoted by Speed Week.
"There were some issues that we found, but it makes no sense to dwell on it. It was just an unfortunate situation that cost us a place, but it was not a disaster."
The 2007 world champion did, however, confirm that Ferrari has made some tweaks to the engine mapping, as the spin occurred just after a pitstop, when a different setting is used.
"There are some rules," said Raikkonen, about changing engine settings "after the start and after leaving the pits, so we could not change that.
"But there are still some things that we can change. The fact that we know what can happen is already a help to stop it happening again," he added.