“One Day Your Luck Has To Run Out And Today Was That Day.”

Kimi Raikkonen was accepting of his retirement at the Belgian Grand Prix, simply saying, “one day your luck has to run out and today was that day.”

The Finn had a poor Qualifying in wet conditions yesterday and was trying to recover during the race until a running brake issue finally left Raikkonen with no choice but to end the race. It was his first retirement since making his return to Formula One in 2012.

“I had a brake failure so there was really no point in trying to continue.” Kimi said post-race. “We both got good starts off the line but there wasn’t enough space into the first corner where I went over the kerb and lost some time, but after that I was pushing as hard as I could.There were some brake issues at the beginning of the race but we were managing them and it was going okay until we had to retire. We’ve finished a lot of races and had some good reliability; one day your luck has to run out and today was that day.”

Team-mate Romain Grosjean was also recovering from a poor Qualifying session and, like Raikkonen, lost time after the first corner: “We had a difficult first lap where we lost a few positions and then dropped back a couple more places in the incident with Sergio [Perez]. We decided on a one stop strategy today and with the new tyres I felt that the grip was much higher than before but I knew that it would be difficult to get the time back.

We tried something different and you never know; had it rained in the middle of the race we could have been well-placed to take advantage. It is good to finish the race without any mistakes, even if eighth place isn’t what we were hoping for this weekend; it’s also a shame that Kimi didn’t finish the race, but we go to Monza hopeful of better things.”

Grosjean finished eighth.

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