Kimi Raikkonen ended his Monaco Grand Prix early on as he clouted the wall at the hairpin but he then hobbled the race for Romain Grosjean as well and just had a bad weekend in general.
Ferrari’s Maurizio Arrivabene says that they view last weekend as a one-off and it basically because Kimi doesn’t like Monaco:
“Every driver that I have known in the past has a track that he doesn’t like and Kimi doesn’t like Monaco, even if he won once here,” said Arrivabene.
“We need not to complain about Kimi but to accept that his race was over early.
“He is pushing to always do his best for the rest of the season.”
Now, let’s be fair here, he may not like Monaco and a driver does have their favorites but before you burp out bile on the Finn, you have to admit he does well at Spa and that’s a track he likes.
Having said that, your vitriol isn’t completely misplaced as a driver of his caliber and a Ferrari driver no less—we know the pressure that brings—should be able to manage all the races not just some.
He’s probably not alone in his dislike of Monaco to be honest but I’m not sure any other teams are going to prop that up as a reason to discount what they expected from their driver over the weekend. Maurizio is a forgiving soul if he’s okay with Kimi’s phoning it in in Monaco. Wonder what Sergio Marchionne thinks about it?
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT