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Kimi raikkonen Interlagos crash

Raikkonen: Ten years ago wet tyres would cope

Kimi raikkonen Interlagos crash

Kimi Raikkonen suffered a scary high speed crash into the pit lane wall during the Brazilian Grand Prix and pointed out that a decade ago the wet weather tyres were better than the current era Pirelli wets.

Raikkonen said after the race, “They [the full wet tyres] are very easy to aquaplane with, it’s not like it’s raining a lot. We’ve said that many times, but it obviously also depends on the circuit and many things.”

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Raikkonen’s accident occurred as he hurtled towards Turn 1 on lap 20 when the race was restarted for a second time. The Ferrari snapped sideways, rendering the veteran Finn a passenger as it speared into the wall and ended facing the wrong way as the rest of the field whizzed by perilously close.

Raikkonen explained, “If I compare to ten or twelve years ago, those tyres could cope with this kind of rain with no issues, no aquaplaning. The aquaplaning is the biggest issue, if we have a bit of standing water we get zero grip.”

“It was not raining heavily but there’s a lot of standing water and it’s very easy to go off when we hit it. The reasons behind that are hard to say, but looking purely at the conditions they’re not that bad.”

“The uphill section was, at least for me there was a lot of aquaplaning, even on the turn before. I got aquaplaning and spun off.”

“I almost got it back but then went off in a pretty bad place, I couldn’t do anything about it. I didn’t expect to get aquaplaning there and went off…” said Raikkonen was running in third when the incident took place.