Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen was caught napping in the garage during practice in Imola. While this statement is often used metaphorically, it holds true quite literally on this occasion.
It is no secret that Imola is a circuit where overtaking is rather difficult. It therefore makes it imperative for each driver to be at the top of his game, both during the event and in preparation.
His entire team was in a frenzy looking to get the car in as good a state as possible, but Raikkonen was in a world of his own.
Fair call to those who just thought that he lives in a world of his own anyway, but usually, he manages to keep his eyes open while at it.
You can argue that the tinted visor and almost horizontal sitting position makes it conducive to a nice afternoon nap.
The privileged duty of waking up the snoring Iceman fell on his race engineer, whose radio check served as an alarm clock for the Finn.
It could be a case of him still being somewhat in his bwoah dream, but the third and final practice session of the weekend didn’t end too well for him, as he ended in 19th position.
Alfa Romeo had had a positive outing in Bahrain and it was believed that they were truly past the backmarkers this year, but both Williams cars were comfortably quicker than them in Imola.
Raikkonen said there was little he could do regarding his performance.
“Obviously we’d rather be driving now than talking here, but we tried our best and were a tiny bit off,” he said.
“But there’s nothing major wrong with the car, we were just that little bit…a tenth away. For sure it’s there, but that’s how it was today.
“Obviously, I think yesterday felt pretty okay.
“It was quite a short run, but we’ll have to see how the weather is and hopefully be in the right positions when it comes.”
Luckily enough for him, there were no questions asked about his little snooze!