Raikkonen Couldn't See Starting Lights Because of Rear Wing

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen revealed what seems to be a new problem with the 2009 aerodynamic regulations. According to the Finnish driver, the height of the new rear wing makes it hard for the driver behind one's car to see the starting lights.

Regardless of the throttle problem on his Ferrari F60 this Sunday – which eventually cost him another retirement – the Finnish driver admitted he couldn't see the starting lights because of Lewis Hamilton's McLaren MP4-24 rear wing.

I didn't see the starting lights, because the rear wing (of the cars before him) is so high,” commented the 2007 F1 champion after the race, as quoted by British broadcaster BBC.

While this may not become a problem for the guys starting in the Top 10 positions on the grid, it seems seeing the starting light go off is not so notable in the back of the grid. However, until now, nobody has complained about this aspect.

Raikkonen paid tribute to a terrible strategy from Ferrari in qualifying, as he failed to make the Q2 (he thought his time was good enough to secure him a Q2 entry and remained in the pits for the dying minutes of the Q3). After recuperating no less than 5 positions at start, Raikkonen was forced out due to a throttle problem, while trailing BMW's Nick Heidfeld for 10th place.

Having walked out of Circuit de Catalonia empty-handed, the Fin now rests on 3 points in the drivers' classification, the same as teammate Felipe Massa. As compared to Raikkonen, Massa's Ferrari F60 performed great during the Sunday race and, hadn't it been for the fuel-saving problem, the Brazilian would have certainly scored an impressive 4th place.
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