Kimi Raikkonen once again appeared to make the same rookie mistake by spinning his car and losing what should have been a guaranteed podium finish.
The Finn had similar problems with his Ferrari in 2014, usually on the out lap following a pit stop.
After the race Kimi shared his thoughts on the mater – in his usual staccato style.
“The spin is exactly the same story as last year… no problems in practice. For some reason [on] both out laps there’s something odd happening… and it just gives a massive amount of throttle… or whatever it is… and you cannot control it so…its not ideal… you know… but it is what it is”.
When pressed as to why this issue has not been resolved, Raikkonen replied: “I’m sure we fixed it last year… and I don’t know why… it’s a very odd thing… because obviously we do practices and we try to do similar stuff… and so far this year no issues in other places… and here… I dunno the answer”.
The question must be posed, is this a case of an old dog and new tricks?
Of course new tyres are never up to temperature for a lap or so, but this is the same for all the drivers and Kimi is no new kid on the block.
Paul Di Resta explained to Simon Lazenby: “When you come out of the pits, you have to activated the start mode… [the mode you use] for the start of the race now that restricts the throttle movement.
“When you go into the start mode, the throttle becomes different, because they need to change it for the ‘wait phase’… which is what they call the high revs.
And when you go out the pit lane, that is then set for about a minute, a minute and a half, and that’s probably what caught him out. Its not the normal throttle pedal because it’s all electronic these days”.
Raikkonen was the last driver this year to out qualify his team-mate. He was 6-0 down in the Saturday one lap shoot outs coming into the 2015 Canadian GP. Yet even his success this weekend over Vettel in qualifying was because the German driver’s Ferrari failed in Q1 on Saturday, which left him P16.
After a further penalty Vettel started the race in P18 but his performance in the race was mesmerising. During his first stint he climbed to P13 before a botched Ferrari pit stop left him plumb last.
Vettel was one of just five drivers brave enough to attempt a two stop strategy and this saw him blaze through the field from P20 to P5, finishing just 4.278 seconds behind his team mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Kimi has had an illustrious career in Formula One and is much loved for his minimalistic manner with the media. Yet his inability to come close to the kind of performances Vettel is putting in this year now appears to make it almost impossible for him to retain his seat in 2016 with Ferrari.
After 7 racesSebastian Vettel 108 points Kimi Raikkonen 72 points
And maybe, Mark Webber is smiling this evening too.