Some days the media get a talkative Kimi Raikkonen and other times it’s laconic Iceman. On the eve of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend it was a case of the latter, as the Scuderia Ferrari driver was not interested in commenting about feuds between other teams’ drivers, nor seeing much significance in the fact that this Sunday he takes part in his 200th grand prix.
However, he was more forthcoming on the topic of the updates brought to Canada for the Ferrari F14T. “We have to see how practice goes tomorrow, before getting an idea of what [performance gain] they might bring,” said the Finn.
“The weather forecast promised for Friday is not so good and we must hope it’s dry, so we can really get an idea of how things are. Any small improvements are always welcome. We know what we are doing and we are making progress. However, it’s a long process and it won’t happen in just a few weeks.”
As for the rest of the season, Kimi did not foresee a major change to the current hierarchy along the pit lane. “I think it would be very hard to challenge Mercedes for the championship,” he maintained.
“But within Ferrari we still want to do the best that we can at every race, we want to get stronger for the future and aim for the podium. But I am not prepared to start guessing about whether I can win a race soon.”
As for the weekend in Montreal he said, “Usually, we have quite exciting races here because of the layout of the circuit, and also the weather can play a part.”
Raikkonen won the 2005 Canadian Grand Prix when driving for McLaren. (GP247-Ferrari)