The usually honest & blunt Kimi Raikkonen has admitted the venue for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, the Suzuka circuit, is not his favourite in the world.
“I don’t know if it’s one of my favorite circuits,” Raikkonen told the media on Tuesday. He admitted the circuit is “very difficult to get everything running as you want.”
Raikkonen’s comments are actually surprising as Suzuka has been recognised worldwide for its unique ‘figure of 8’ layout and it’s demanding corners such as ‘the esses’ and 130R.
Raikkonen did concede that despite his distaste, Suzuka is “a challenging circuit,” and that, “if your car is not handling as you want, it’s not a nice place.” Perhaps the reason he’s fallen out of love with the home of Japanese Motorsport.
Another reason why I find it surprising Raikkonen doesn’t like this track is because it was the scene of one of his most memorable wins in 2005. After a wet qualifying had seen him start 17th, the Iceman carved his way through the field with ease, eventually overtaking race leader, Giancarlo Fisichella, on the final lap to secure one of Formula One’s most unexpected wins.
Ferrari will be hoping Raikkonen can produce similar form this weekend as Ferrari fall further behind Red Bull in the Constructors Championship. However, the high demand for downforce through the fast flowing corners will, without a doubt, bring the Quadruple World Champions back into contention. Plus, they’ll be on a massive high considering the astonishing 1-2 finish they achieved last weekend in Malaysia.