Angry Räikkönen hits out at motivation questions
21 April 2014 – An angry Kimi Räikkönen hit out at questions over his motivation after he finished in eighth place during Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.
Räikkönen endured a difficult weekend in China as he was knocked out in Q2 and came home in eighth, almost a minute behind Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso.
Räikkönen has achieved a best result of seventh this season, which he achieved in Australia, and is currently 12th in the championship but insists that it is his driving style that is costing him performance.
"A difficult weekend overall," he said. "For what reasons I don't know yet. But hopefully we find some reason or at least some cure for it to fix it, whatever it is. In the race [I was] just was slow. It was the grip overall, front and rear end, not really any major things I could say 'This is it'. In the last stint when it was new tyres, it felt pretty okay for a few laps but then it got difficult again.
"It's probably more to do with my driving style plus the weather. I don't think I work the tyres very hard. So obviously when it's cool conditions and wet conditions it's been many years that it's been hard to get the tyres working. It just feels that when you have a new tyre it works well until the grip from the new tyres goes away and obviously you have to go slower and then you start cooling down the tyres more. Everything goes round and round and you cannot fix that. I reckon it's more to do with that.
"It's the thing that everybody hates but there's not a magic thing and I can change everything in my driving and suddenly fix."
The Finn was questioned about his motivation but dismissed such propositions.
"I don't know why you always come up with motivation," he said. "If I didn't have motivation I wouldn't be here answering these kinds of questions. It's f**k all to do with that. We have bad races and it's an unfortunate thing, but the aim is to improve and get where we want to be."