Kimi Raikkonen had his first taste of the new McLaren MP4-19 this week, the young Finn returning to the cockpit for the first time since the 2003 season ending Japanese GP, and while he was thrilled with the car, he managed less than 35 laps.
While mechanical gremlins didn’t appear to be an issue, Kimi stated that it was ‘problems with the car’ that kept him off the track more than on it. However, the ‘problems’ he was referring to weren’t with the running of the car, instead it was because the young driver found the new cockpit to be a tight squeeze!
According to Autosport, the cockpit of the MP4-19 is a lot smaller than it’s predecessor and while test driver Pedro de la Rosa hasn’t had a problem with it, David Coulthard, Alexander Wurz and now Kimi Raikkonen have all experienced the same issue.
Kimi was suffering with hip and rib-cage pain while Coulthard suffered bruising after testing the new car. Woking is now moulding new seats hoping that will solve their newest problem.