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.