Formula 1: Against The Odds

Kimi and KERS to Collect at Spa

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Kimi Raikkonen likes it at Spa Francochamps: a proper racetrack for a proper drivers. Last year it looked like he was going to make it four wins on the trot at the Belgian circuit, before crashing out on the penultimate lap as the rain began to fall.

He comes into the weekend in the best form that his Ferrari team have shown all season. Consecutive podiums in Budapest and Valencia building on his podium in Monaco at the end of May. It looks like it is the top three that the Finn is targeting again this weekend:

“The main goal is to hold the standard of the last races, which means that we have to try to get on the podium again”

One factor that should help Kimi this weekend is the KERS device that is fitted to his car. Whilst Kimi has shown its strength from the start-line in recent weeks, it will be the drag up through Eau Rouge and the long straight that follows where the extra power could prove crucial for both overtaking and defending. In addition, this should allow the Ferrari to run with more downforce than their rivals which could prove crucial around the back of the circuit.

Providing that Ferrari can get their set-up right – include the weight distribution compromises that running with KERS will force them into – I predict that this will be their strongest race of the season away from the slow/street circuits where they have thrived so far. Certainly with the car in the hands of their lead driver anyway.

Given his record at the circuit and with Ferrari taking five victories in the last six races here, it would seem churlish not to take some of the 11/1 that Stan James are offering for a Raikkonen victory. My main bet though will be at 5/2 for him to take a podium position, which given the car’s performance relative to its competitors this season, seems a far more realistic proposition.


Written by f1punter

August 27, 2009 at 7:07 pm

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  1. KERS has been proving very efficient on tracks that requires mechanical grip. Spa in nothing like Hungaroring, Valencia or Monaco and aerodynamic efficiency will be more importnat than ever. How come “everyone” is taking about how great KERS will be on tracks like Spa and Monza? Am I missing something?

    On the other hand I do agree that Kimi will have a good chance on the podium but not because of his KERS but more on his skills as a driver.


    August 28, 2009 at 7:32 am

  2. I don’t see the two as mutually exclusive Andreas. If you can have more power for the top-end drags then you can afford to run more downforce. This should mean that you can be less aerodynamically compromised than your non-KERS rivals. Or am I oversimplifying?


    August 28, 2009 at 9:54 am

  3. I see your point and many F1 sites and forums out there agrees with you. But in the races before Hungaroring Ferrari nor MaLaren wasn’t as strong as thay’ve been in the last two or Monaco. They now have to cope with the extra weight in a different way and spa being such a long track is the 6,6sek of extra power going to be an advantage? I do belive that Ferrari and McLaren have learned how to make the best out of the weight from KERS. But I think we are going to see the Red Bulls back up there in the front again.

    As I said, I’m not arguing your bet on Kimi here, I’m just not so sure about the KERS advantage.
    We’ll have to wait and see what happends, good luck =).


    August 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm

  4. Thanks. I was pleased with his pace today.

    You are right to point out that there is a downside to the limited upside of KERS. I guess we will have to wait for the post-race analysis to see whether the teams feel that they got the balance right.


    August 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm

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