Kimi Raikkonen doubts he could have won the Korean Grand Prix even if he’d started from a higher grid position.
Raikkonen finished second having qualified ninth in Korea but doubted he would have enjoyed a better result from further up on the grid.
“Even it we would have started behind [Vettel], we still don’t have the speed of him,” he said after the race.
“Not far off from him in the race with a little bit from all the tires but I mean it’s so difficult to overtake if you’re not massively faster. So, I think that was pretty OK what we did today.”
Raikkonen said the appearance of the Safety Car aided his cause. It was on track for nine laps during his final 30-lap stint.
“It maybe helped a bit in the end because my front tire was in quite a bad way, it kind of ran out of the rubber in the end,” he said. “So I couldn’t go much longer any more – but obviously that’s the part of racing. Sometimes it helps you a bit.”
“You have to react and do what you think is the right thing and sometimes certain things help you,” he added. “My front tire was pretty done in the end but we finished the race in a pretty good position.”
The US-based Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship circuit has reportedly parked itself and the pending 2018 season. According to various reports including AutoWeek, AutoSport.com and Motorsport.com, the Red Bull-sponsored GRC has suspended operations.
MotorSportsTalk reached out to a GRC spokesman for comment and further details.
It appears that all GRC-related websites, including its home page, as well as the site to order tickets to races this season, are unavailable. The series’ Twitter account @GRCseries remains, but hasn’t tweeted since April 13.
New York’s Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway, which was to host the GRC’s season-opening event (the original Louisville opener in mid-May was cancelled), issued a statement on its Twitter account:
Several GRC teams said at the end of last season that they would not return to the series, including teams from Honda, Volkswagen and Subaru.
It is expected that the GRC Europe series will continue working on its 2019 campaign.
It’s unclear whether teams that are no longer with the GRC U.S. series will move to a new series backed by IMG known as “Americas Rallycross Championship.” The ARC is slated to kick off as part of next month’s World Rallycross event at Silverstone in Great Britain.
Other ARC events, also tied into WRC events, will be at Trois-Rivieres in Canada on August 4-5, and at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 29-30. A fourth event is still in the works.