Kimi Raikkonen said he wasn’t concerned about the fire that gripped his Alfa Romero during the second practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“There was nothing scary about it,” he said, “it was just a shame that it caught on fire. And then obviously it gets all messy with the extinguishers to try and put the fire down, it’s one of those things.”
Raikkonen was seen helping his mechanics with the repair job on his car following the practice session. His team were due to change his power unit overnight before the fire, and he said it isn’t clear yet how the damage might affect his race weekend.
“Obviously, there is some damage, I think hopefully it’s mainly bodywork but we’ll see. It’s a different engine and gearbox that we run tomorrow but it’s just a bit more work for the guys.”
The fire curtailed Raikkonen’s running in second practice, which is the only session held after nightfall, and therefore offers the most representative running on Friday at Yas Marina.
Raikkonen said “it’s impossible to say” how competitive Alfa Romeo are likely to be. “Things seemed to work pretty okay. Obviously, the end wasn’t great and we couldn’t do many laps on our more high fuel runs.”
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9 comments on ““Nothing scary” about fire during practice – Raikkonen”
11th December 2020, 17:54
Leave Kimi to get on with it. He knows what he’s doing.
Jimmi Cynic (@jimmi-cynic)
11th December 2020, 23:35
Yeah… the iceman was just on a hot lap. Nothing to see here.
11th December 2020, 18:47
Why would engine blowouts be scary? They were super common during Kimi’s heyday. Even cost him a couple of WDCs
Dean Franklin (@deanfranklin)
11th December 2020, 21:06
It seems like engine blow ups in the hybrid era end up in a blazing inferno, whereas a V10 blowing up with usually be a big puff of smoke and fluid over the race track.
11th December 2020, 21:16
Kovalainen as well:
So does Raikkonen himself:
And many many more…
Andy Bunting (@wildbiker)
12th December 2020, 6:13
I was sure that the FIA F1 regulations state that an onboard fire suppression/extinguisher system must be installed.
I know there was furore over the systems using Halon gas. Then Halon was banned. I have searched & best information states that the system now uses fire retardant foam.
If so why are the onboard systems never seen to be deployed?
12th December 2020, 7:01
If Kimi was instead of Lauda
– Kimi, how does it feel to have completly burned in the fire of your car ?
– Boah, nothing, it’s just racing, what a stupid question. *he raises shouldeurs and leaves*
12th December 2020, 9:10
12th December 2020, 11:43
He showed the “rookie” marshalls how it’s done. A free masterclass from a f1 driver on how to extinghish a fire. Something they’ll never forget.
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