Kimi: Everything felt normal before tyre issue

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

SILVERSTONE -- Kimi Raikkonen says everything felt normal on his car just before he suffered a dramatic front-left tyre delamination in the closing laps of the British Grand Prix.

Raikkonen looked set to secure second position when the incident occurred, forcing the Finn to pit for fresh rubber with four laps remaining. It relegated him from second to fourth initially, only for teammate Sebastian Vettel to suffer a similar issue with the same tyre on the penultimate lap, meaning Raikkonen inherited the final spot on the podium.

The Finn is convinced he had not hit anything before the incident.

Recalling the moment the tyre delamination occurred, he said: "Everything was going more or less smoothly and in the end the gap was fine for us but then all of a sudden two laps from the end I do not know what happened. Just before Turn 6, on the first straight, the front left tyre ... it did not explode but the rubber part kind of came off suddenly in the middle of the straight.


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