Scuderia Ferrari endured a mixed day at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on Sunday.
Starting the race from fifth place on the grid ahead of his team mate Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen made a great start, making a clean getaway getting ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen going up the hill into the tight turn 1 hairpin.
With just 18 laps remaining in the race, Raikkonen, who had been extremely quick throughout the race made his third and final pit-stop however he was unable to continue as a result of an error by his pit-crew. The Iceman was able to roll his car back down the pit-lane and bring the car to a stop safely outside the Haas F1 Team garage.
Speaking following the race Raikkonen commented by saying:
Obviously the end result of this race is far from ideal. It’s a pity because the performance of the car today was good. When we changed for Soft tires, for whatever reason I seemed to struggle. The balance was ok but I never really had the grip I was expecting. Once we went back to Supersofts the car was good again. When I left the pits after the third pit stop I slowed down a bit and asked if everything was ok because I saw some sparks coming out. At the end of the pitlane the team told me to stop. Now we have to understand what happened, the rear wheel nut had not fitted properly.
Sebastian Vettel started the race from sixth place and had a good start the race and ended up coming home in fourth place and as a result he has now jumped ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the race for fourth place in championship on 177 points.
Speaking following the race Vettel commented by saying:
Overall today was a better day than yesterday, it was a good race. The start was not so good and into turn 1 I was quite lucky, given that somebody was hitting me, I think it was Nico Hülkenberg.
Luckily nothing was broken so I could carry on. Then the pace was good, we were looking after the tires, so we could go longer than other people. The race was a bit different than we expected, we got a present from Max today but unfortunately also Kimi had some problems and had to retire. It could have been a good performance for the team with both cars in the points.