This season for reigning world Kimi Raikkonen has been less than stellar, with an average finish of 7.8 and 2 DNF’s finds himself 4th in points, 27 behind leader Lewis Hamilton with only 3 races left to go.
“It’s difficult to find the right words: racing at night or during the day, this is definitely not my year,” Raikkonen said. “I hit the wall when there were just a couple of laps left. True, I wasn’t racing for the win, but for some very important points for the Team; and then it ended like at Spa, with another DNF. It seems as if the more we try to improve the situation the less we get in the end. At this point I can just hope for a weekend where everything goes in the right direction.”
Let’s not forget that the Iceman has tied the man who he replaced at Ferrari, Michael Schumacher for the record of most fastest laps of the race in a single season (10), but all those fast laps don’t do any good if you aren’t finishing or if you aren’t finishing well.
“Once again we had the right speed at Singapore, but not when it was really necessary. The fastest race laps aren’t worth anything, if you don’t combine them with the situation when they really count. Obviously I’m really sad about this situation. I can’t explain this dark period and there’s nothing I can do to change what happened. We have to look ahead, to the last three races.”
Raikkonen still has a mathematical shot to win the championship, he must win all 3 of the remaining races, and cannot lose more than 3 points in the next race in Fuji to points leader Lewis Hamilton.