Kimi: This is definitely not my year
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen is now out of the running for the 2008 world championship crown, his disastrous Singapore grand Prix last weekend the final straw in what has been a turbulent season where he had hoped to finish up by retaining his world championship title for the second successive year.
Singapore was the fourth consecutive race where the Finn has failed to add any points to his or the team’s tally and he has admitted that it simply isn’t his year….
“It’s difficult to find the right words: racing at night or during the day, this is definitely not my year,” he said when reflecting on the fifteenth round of the season. “I hit the wall when there were just a couple of laps left. True, I wasn't racing for the win, but for some very important points for the Team; and then it ended like at Spa, with another DNF. It seems as if the more we try to improve the situation the less we get in the end. At this point I can just hope for a weekend where everything goes in the right direction.”
“Once again we had the right speed at Singapore, but not when it was really necessary. The fastest race laps aren't worth anything, if you don't combine them with the situation when they really count. Obviously I'm really sad about this situation. I can't explain this dark period and there's nothing I can do to change what happened. We have to look ahead, to the last three races.”
While obviously disappointed with the way the season has eventuated, Kimi did reveal that Singapore was a lovely venue…
“Singapore is a wonderful place for a GP. The night race was organized very well. I was a bit surprised to hear all that chat about the time of day and the visibility: when the lights went on it was bright day at the track. The car went really well on Friday morning, but in the afternoon we decided to change the set up and it didn't go in the right direction. In the third practice session we had a problem with the steering wheel and I lost a lot of precious time, because I couldn't try the harder tires on the fast lap; obviously this was not the perfect way to prepare myself for the qualifying.”
“At the start of the race I couldn't find my rhythm, because the tire pressure was too low; I needed some laps to make them work properly. When they were alright I started to fly and I could easily catch up on Hamilton. When the safety car was deployed I understood that my chances were destroyed, because when you're second at a double pit stop there's hardly anything you can do. I managed to gain position five and then, with a faster car, I was right behind Glock. I was waiting for the right moment to overtake him, but then I hit a very high curb and the car literally lifted off and I couldn't keep it under control. I hit the wall and my race was over.”
“I'm very sorry for the Team, because they've done some great work to improve the F2008. It hurts losing these points. But we know that we've got what it takes to fight for victory in the last three GPs. Let's hope that I'll finally have a smooth weekend, from Friday to Sunday evening.”