Arrivabene: Maybe Raikkonen 'messed up' start

By on Sunday, September 6, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene was left with mixed emotions after the squad's performance during its home race in Italy on Sunday.

Sebastian Vettel claimed second place in front of Ferrari's home fans but Kimi Raikkonen dropped to the back after failing to getaway when the lights went out, before he was able to recover to fifth.

"This time I see the glass half full. Sebastian’s race to second place was unbelievable," he said.

"His contribution to the team so far has been outstanding. As for Kimi, he had a great qualifying, then maybe he
messed up a bit at the start of the race.

"But afterwards he was able to pass a lot of cars on the track with a fantastic race."

Raikkonen did not feel that he did anything wrong and was frustrated at missing out at an opportunity.

"I don’t know exactly what happened at the start," he said. "As far as I know I did everything correctly, but
the car went into the anti-stall and did not move at all.

"I still don’t have the right explanation about what happened, but it’s a really bad thing that cost us a lot.

"If you start from second place and after a few seconds you’re in last position it’s not easy to see the positive side of the race: we wasted a big opportunity to fight at the front.

"The car has been working well all weekend and also in the race the behaviour was good. We made the best out of it and in the end I managed to come up fifth."

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