What happened to Kimi Raikkonen at Monza?

It was a tough weekend for the 2007 F1 champion, who made uncharacteristic mistakes in his worst race weekend this season.

In the wet on Friday, Räikkönen spun at the Parabolica, losing the rear and sliding through the gravel to strike the barrier. Then on Saturday, after first running wide at the first Lesmo, the Alfa Romeo driver made a similar mistake the final turn and brought out the red flag in Q3.

With significant damage to his car, the 39 year old was forced to start from the pitlane having changed his gearbox and engine.

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Photo: Alfa Romeo Racing (Twitter)

With an upgraded engine spec, the race looked to have been unfolding in a positive way for Räikkönen as he closed onto the back of the field and began making up positions.

Then midway through the race the Finn was handed a penalty for starting the race on incorrect tyres. It had emerged that the team had swapped out the softs used in Q2 to get into the final port of qualifying for a fresh set of mediums, erroneously thinking that starting from the pitlane warranted such a change.

Räikkönen eventually finished 15th and nearly a lap down on teammate Antonio Giovinazzi in ninth, at the circuit that where he battled for the lead last year.

A mistake laden weekend that if one man is capable of moving on from, it’s Kimi.

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