Zee Media Bureau
Barcelona: It seems, trouble is brewing in the Ferrari ranks. After a disappointing start to the season, the Italian stable found themselves embroiled in team-order debate, which have also troubled their title rivals Red Bull Racing and Mercedes.
After finishing behind team-mate Fernando Alonso at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Kimi Raikkonen has asked for an explanation from Ferrari on its pit-stop strategy. According to the Finnish driver, the strategy allowed Alonso to passed him in the closing stages of the race in Circuit de Catalunya.
On Sunday, the Spaniard overtook Raikkonen for sixth place, having caught the former Lotus driver on fresher tyres by virtue of three stops as compared to his team-mate’s two stops. During the race, a miffed Kimi was heard asking “who made these calls” on team radio.
As a practice, Formula One teams provide drivers running ahead pit-stop priority, but in Spain, Alonso stopped first despite running behind his team-mate in Spain. And the incident forced the Finn to think that he is getting the “second choice” treatment in the team. Kimi joined Ferrari at the start of the season after spending a season with Lotus. Earlier, he spent a season competing in Rallying and NASCAR.
Talking about the incident, the 34-year-old said that he “wanted to clear up some things.”
With Agency inputs