Did a plastic helmet visor tear-off strip end Raikkonen challenge at Spa? 30 August, 2013 Kimi Raikkonen before his DNF at Spa Former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo has admitted that he doesn’t believe that a simple tear-off visor strip caused Kimi Raikkonen’s brake failure at Spa. Raikkonen’s first retirement since his return to Formula 1 might be seen as a knockout blow to his championship hopes, as he drops behind Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in the chase to beat Sebastian Vettel to the title. As the Formula 1 paddock was disassembled at Spa late on Sunday, Lotus still had not definitively identified the cause of the brake failure. But then it was announced that a plastic helmet visor tear-off strip had entered and blocked the brake air duct. Lotus reacted with its usual humour, posting a survey on its website asking if the team should react by adding more ‘iceman coolant’ in future. And on Twitter, the team jokingly pointed the finger at Vettel, posting a photo of the world champion with a visor strip and captioning ‘We think we know where the infamous brake-breaking tear-off came from”. Sebastian Vettel rips a helmet visor tear-off Finn Salo, however, is not convinced. “I just cannot believe the reason the team gave for the failure,” he told the Finnish broadcaster MTV3. “Even the braking duct becomes so hot that, if it had gone in there, it would have melted. “Lotus also had a brake problem already on Friday, but now all of a sudden it is the [visor] film?” The former Sauber and Toyota driver said he suspects that Lotus simply got its numbers wrong with a latest technical development. “If the air is being channelled in a different way, it also might not go cool the brakes in the same way,” said Salo. (GMM.) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsLotus: We must now look ahead and learn from this disappointing weekendLotus: Seventh and eighth on the grid isn’t where we want to beRaikkonen: Lotus knows that there are issues and until those are solved there is no point talkingLotus: We look reasonably strong on pace and tyre performanceWebber says the ‘first lap nutcase’ has atoned for his wayward drivingRaikkonen ill ahead of Belgian GP weekendLotus confident of making another step forward at SpaBoullier: Our aim is second place in the championshipRaikkonen: For me Spa is the greatest racing circuit in the worldGrosjean: We proved in Germany and Hungary we can compete right at the front Faceman It’s just another excuse from a team that’s desperate for sponsors and to keep their only decent driver… fcuk “Lotus”. KevinW Lotus is the most delusional team in F1. Kimi is quick, but the car is slow, hiding behind risky one-less-stop strategies that are no longer working. Eric is okay at his job, against three other leaders who are excellent at theirs – who have deeper pockets to dip into. Next year Kimi will be gone – and they will be broker than they are now – forcing them to find a paid driver to team up with the Frenchman from Crash Mountain – with the 4th best manager on the grid. The only thing keeping him from being 5th best is Whitmess and his mid-life meltdown/early onset dementia at McLaren. If Force India’s focus on 2014 pays off, and McLaren pulls their head out, Lotus could be in a sorry place next season. They had a very narrow window of opportunity this season, they blinked and now its gone. fools “the team jokingly pointed the finger at Vettel, posting a photo of the world champion with a visor strip and captioning ‘We think we know where the infamous brake-breaking tear-off came from”. —————————————————————————– Lotus was joking? Yeah right… nice way to indirectly place PR in the air.