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Raikkonen: F1's wet tyres were better a decade ago

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Raikkonen: F1's wet tyres were better a decade ago
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Nov 16, 2016, 2:16 PM

Kimi Raikkonen says Formula 1's current wet tyres are not as good as they were more than a decade ago,  as they leave drivers with "zero" chance of being able to respond to aquaplaning.

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H crashed out of the race
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H crashed out of the race
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
The Ferrari SF16-H of Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari covered after he crashed out of the race

The Finn spectacularly crashed out of the Brazilian Grand Prix after losing control of his Ferrari on standing water on the start-finish straight at Interlagos.

That crash – plus incidents suffered by a host of drivers during a rain-hit race in Brazil – led to further calls for changes to Pirelli's extreme rubber design to make it better able to cope in wet conditions.

Asked for his views on Pirelli's wet tyres, Raikkonen said: "They are very easy to aquaplane – it is not like it is raining massively.

"We said it many times before but obviously it depends on the circuit and many things.

"If I compare it to 12 years ago, those tyres could handle this kind of water with no issues and no aquaplaning. It looks like if you have a little bit of standing water, you have zero grip."

Raikkonen explained that he had been left as a passenger in his crash, as the back end of his car got away from him on the start-finish straight.

"The uphill at least for me there was a lot of aquaplaning," he said. "I almost got it back and went off in a pretty bad place.

"It was not raining so heavy, but it was very easy to get aquaplaning. I just aquaplaned at a place where I didn't expect it at all and I went off. But nobody hit me."

He added: "The problem is the aquaplaning. It is the standing water, and there is zero you can do."

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