Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen heads into this weekend’s European Grand Prix at the Baku street circuit in Azerbaijan hoping for a much stronger weekend than in recent races. The Iceman retired from the Monaco Grand Prix following contact with former team mate Romain Grosjean while in Canada last weekend he finished the race in sixth place.
The Finn heads to Baku this weekend hoping to regain his early season form which saw him claim podium’s in Bahrain, Russia and Spain.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s race in his media briefing on Thursday, Raikkonen commented by saying:
I arrived in Baku last night, so I just saw the hotel and the circuit. The boxes here are big and nice. It is something different and new. But we’ll see what it looks like when we drive around tomorrow. It is interesting, slightly different and a challenge. The simulator, where we ran this circuit, is useful to prepare for a new track. The more laps you do, the more you get used, even if it’s not the same as when you drive on the track. We’ll try tomorrow and see what it is like. I think we need to do a better job. We need to make sure that we get the car where we want it to be, that the tires are the way we want and then I am sure it will be ok. We struggled a bit during the last two races. It was not easy, but this is a new weekend and a new place, so we’ll make sure to be where we want and make our weekend a little bit easier. This is a new circuit, so it’s a bit tricky, but this is the same for everybody. We have a good package and we just have to make it work as we want to. This is a narrow place, but I don’t think it will change anything in getting a clear lap. This is what a long circuit is for: it all helps to have more space. But, of course, it won’t be that easy. We’ll see how it is tomorrow. I think there’s a good grip, contrary to some other places, like for example in Malaysia.