There are nine races remaining in the current season and according to Kimi Raikkonen, the momentum will shift between Mercedes and Ferrari from one race track to another. Raikkonen believes that Mercedes has more horsepower while Ferrari has a better chassis.
There is credence to Raikkonen’s theory when you look at the last few races. Ferrari had a one-two finish at Monaco and Hungary where the tracks have tight twists and turns, a job where the chassis matters more than horsepower. Mercedes won the Montreal and Silverstone tracks where horsepower is the key.
In Hungary Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel came in first while Raikkonen came in second. He said, “For sure there are some circuits that fit us better because there are areas that we have to improve – especially for qualifying. Mercedes has better horsepower, but it depends on so many things.”
“It’s not just purely that you look at the layout of the circuit: Ah, this is going to be good for us and this is going to be… the tires! We can’t tell which conditions there are going to be and a lot of small things which will make a difference.”
“Let’s have a holiday first and see what happens at Spa. Obviously if you look now, you would say it’s not going to be as easy for us as [Budapest] but we try to improve and we are going to do our best,” said Raikkonen who currently stands at the fifth spot in the title championship.
Formula 1 starts after its summer break at Spa-Francorchamps, for the Belgian Grand Prix. Raikkonen has won many races in this track leading to the nickname “Kimi the king of Spa”. He has more wins here than any other driver in the grid. What are your predictions for the Belgian Grand Prix