user icon

DRS problem forced Raikkonen to retire

  • Published on 26 Aug 2018 19:26
  • comments 0
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Kimi Raikkonen has confirmed that a problem with his Drag Reduction System caused his retirement from the Belgian Grand Prix. The Finn started from sixth place on the grid but was hit by Daniel Ricciardo at Turn 1, which caused a puncture to his right rear tyre.

Raikkonen made it back to the pitlane and was able to catch back up with the field following the deployment of a safety car. However, after the restart, Raikkonen came back into the pitlane reporting a problem with his DRS.

After being sent back out again, the veteran was forced to call it a day one lap later when the rear wing flap wouldn't close: “The DRS kept opening itself, so there was nothing else we could do,” Raikkonen said. "Somebody hit me on the rear and I had a lot of damage also on the floor and rear wing, as I needed to do the full lap with a flat tyre.

“Then it ended up being so bad that the DRS opened itself all the time, so obviously there was no point in carrying on. If you carry on like that you cannot get anything out of the race, just going off, and even on the straights you cannot go at full speed.”

Raikkonen was hoping for his sixth consecutive podium finish but instead recorded his third DNF of the season: “It is what you get when you’ve got a bad qualifying. People start doing things that obviously don’t work very well. I got hit and that’s it.”

Replies (0)

Login to reply

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team McLaren
  • Points 1,021
  • Podiums 24
  • Grand Prix 150
  • Country AU
  • Date of b. Jul 1 1989 (32)
  • Place of b. Perth, AU
  • Weight 64 kg
  • Length 1.75 m
Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Bahrain
18 - Mar 20
Bahrain
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia
8 - Apr 10
Australia
22 - Apr 24
Italy
6 - May 8
United States of America
20 - May 22
Spain
27 - May 29
Monaco
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan
17 - Jun 19
Canada
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
18 - Mar 20
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
8 - Apr 10
Australia Albert Park
22 - Apr 24
6 - May 8
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
20 - May 22
27 - May 29
Monaco Monte Carlo
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
17 - Jun 19
See full schedule
show sidebar