Ferrari’s lack of downforce was what held it far behind at Silverstone this weekend, according to Kimi Raikkonen.
If there’s one thing Silverstone is doing, it’s making it blatantly obvious that no one’s perfect. Fernando Alonso has lamented about McLaren’s lack of pace and now, Kimi Raikkonen is being candid about Ferrari’s fatal flaws this weekend. He was lagging a distant fifth behind the Mercedes and Red Bull cars and much of that was due to his car’s comparative lack of downforce. Silverstone is characterised by a host of high-speed turns that really made this glaring weakness quite conspicuous.
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“Obviously the whole weekend has been difficult and I think this was as good as we could get. We seem to be missing a little of downforce and in a place like this, with these conditions, it’s not easy because of that.
“We need downforce here to be fast, especially with mixed conditions, the wind and everything. You take a big penalty for that, but that’s how it is here.”
He thinks the Ferraris will fare much better on the tracks in Hungary and Germany in the next two races. However, he’s of the opinion that it’s no excuse for slacking on making every improvement the team needs to win on any kind of terrain.
“The next circuits are much more normal for us. Downforce will help in any place, it doesn’t matter where we go, so that’s definitely what we need to be able to challenge in every kind of circuit and beat Mercedes.”
We definitely agree that it’s not wise to place all your bets on tracks you know won’t give you any trouble, especially when your rivals are as top-tier as Mercedes. The German giants are a formidable challenge in any context, so anyone who plans to give them a run for a podium needs to be able to match their consistency and ferocity no matter where the race is happening.