Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Central arrow Race results arrow 2006 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX RACE REPORT
Sunday, 18 March 2018
Monday, 03 April 2006
gpreport.jpgTeam McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished today's Australian Grand Prix in second place, only 1.8 seconds behind race winner Fernando Alonso. Kimi also set the fastest lap of the race with 1:26.045 on the very last lap. Juan Pablo Montoya was forced to retire from fourth place on lap 46 when the Colombian hit the kerb so severely that the engine's safety system was activated. The 57-laps Grand Prix was incident filled and saw the Mercedes Benz Safety Car deployed four times on laps 1-3, 7-9, 34-38 and 38-40...

Kimi had his pitstops on laps 21 (9.388 seconds) and 34 (16.306 seconds), whilst Juan Pablo came in on laps 18 (9.369 seconds) and 34 (11.303 seconds). In Kimi's second pitstop, which took place during the third Safety Car period, the team also changed his front wing. Kimi is now joint second in the Drivers' Championship with 14 points whilst Juan Pablo is sixth with nine points. Team McLaren Mercedes remains second in the Constructors' standings with 23 points. The next race will be the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in Italy on 23rd April but the Team McLaren Mercedes test team will be back in action at Paul Ricard in France next week and in Barcelona the following week.

"Despite not winning I'm really pleased as we now have a package which is level with the Renaults which I think we demonstrated today. The race was rather hectic. I enjoyed a good battle with Juan Pablo at the start, but when I overtook Jenson I flatspotted my right front tyre which caused some vibration. However I was still able to go flat out and keep up with Fernando, but then all of a sudden the footplate on the right hand side of my front wing fractured probably due to the vibration. As a result I started to have severe understeer and lost a lot of time to Fernando. Fortunately with 21 laps to go the Safety Car came out which gave us enough time to go into the pits and change the front wing. I was really pushing, but in the final Safety Car period one of the Midland cars was between Fernando and I, which meant I was unable to get really close to have a go. An enjoyable race and I can't wait for Imola. The team has definitely made great progress with our entire package."


"There was a lot going on in the race today. As we were lining up on the grid I made a mistake and spun the car. Fortunately the start was aborted, and I was able to take up my original start position in fifth spot. However during the first Safety Car period I had another spin which cost me two positions. Overall I found it rather challenging getting the grip into the tyres today and the four Safety Car periods didn’t make it easier. I think I could have finished on the podium, but as I was pushing to get past Ralf I hit the kerb at the start of the straight and went into a bit of a wobble but managed to save it. Unfortunately the impact activated a default system which switched off the engine and that was the end of my race. It’s a real shame as our package felt fantastic throughout the weekend. We can definitely go into the start of the European season with lots of confidence."


"The early part of the race was exciting as once Kimi was past Button, he had the pace to catch Fernando. Juan Pablo's retirement was caused by the activation of the engine safety system following a severe impact on the kerb clearly costing him third place. Kimi's race was disrupted by a flatspotted tyre obtained whilst passing Button resulting in severe vibration that led to a failure of the right hand front wing endplate. Towards the end of the race we took advantage of one of the Safety Car deployments to change the nose which gave Kimi the ability to close the gap to Fernando. It was also disappointing that both Kimi and Juan Pablo were trapped behind slower cars in two of the re-starts but at the end of the day we have the pace to win and this time last year our points deficit was significantly greater. As a team we look forward to returning to Europe and continuing the battle."


"Kimi gave it his all. Unfortunately he was hampered by a flatspotted tyre and a damaged part of the front wing. Once the nose was changed he demonstrated good speed. Juan Pablo hit a kerb too hard which caused his retirement. Our technical package is on a good level both with regards to speed and reliability, and now we have to improve our performance further during the next few races."
Pos Driver Constructor Race Time
1 Fernando Alonso Renault 1h34m27.970
2 Kimi Raikkonen Team McLaren Mercedes 1h34m29.699
3 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1h34m52.694
4 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1h34m58.902
5 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1h35m06.291
6 Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1h35m17.424
7 Rubens Barrichello Honda Racing 1h35m19.774
8 Scott Speed Toro Rosso 1h35m21.687
9 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1h35m21.853
10 Jenson Button Honda Racing 1h33m35.538
11 Christijan Albers MF1 Racing 1h35m40.604
12 Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1h35m46.666
13 Yuji Ide Super Aguri 1h35m38.433




Comments: An action-packed GP and a well deserved second place for Kimi. Fortunately, his small mistake while he passed Button for P2 did not cost him.

Alonso seemed unbeatable today. McLaren need to qualify higher than Renault for once, and then try to control the race. 

Will Kimi beat Alonso in 2013 - 2014 season?
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