- German Grand Prix - FP2
Raikkonen 'will race whatever happens'
Kimi Raikkonen says he will race in the German Grand Prix even if the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) boycotts the race.
The GPDA released a statement on Thursday night saying it would boycott the race if there is a repeat of the tyre failures which struck the British Grand Prix last weekend. However, Raikkonen is not a member of the GPDA and he said there was no chance he would consider pulling out of the race.
"I haven't seen [the statement], I just heard about it," Raikkonen said. "I'm sure it's not going to happen anyhow, but I was once involved I think in 2005 and funnily enough there was some guys that didn't stop and they drove so for sure I will race whatever happens.
"I would race. The problems are not always just because of the tyres. There can be a lot of influences why it is has happened and we haven't had a single problem the whole year so I have no feeling that it will be dangerous. It's dangerous anyhow; anything can happen and I think the reason why they exploded was the teams were using them wrong."
Asked if he was invited to the GPDA meeting, Raikkonen replied: "Yes, but I'm not a part of it so sometimes I go but I hear about it all as quickly as you guys."
With Lotus looking competitive in practice - Raikkonen was fifth quickest in FP2 behind team-mate Romain Grosjean - Raikkonen said he thinks the combination of the track and tyre choices is suiting the team.
"It's more or less the car that we had last week so I think part of it for sure is the circuit maybe; it's a more high-downforce circuit so it probably suits us better than the low downforce. Also the soft tyres - it's a long time since we ran them - and for some reason it seems to be a bit better for us.
"I don't really expect much different. For sure the front four cars will be very fast in qualifying but the race is always a different story. We'll have to wait and see how it goes; I think the weather will get much hotter so that should only help us."