F1 » Lotus insists ‘victory could well have been ours’

Lotus F1's James Allison believes that it would only have taken a couple of key moments to have gone differently for Kimi Raikkonen to have won the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Kevin - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 1:31 PM

Every race comes down to moments that woulda coulda shoulda happened to secure a win... but didn't. If Hamilton had not had two bad pit stops, if Vettel had but one set of new tires and did not set fastest lap or manage his tires or had suffered a puncture, or lightening had struck him down on the grid, or he just quit the sport at the last minute, or if Ferrari was up to snuff... if...if... and... if... Why can't it just be that Kimi drove an outstanding race, as did Vettel (obviously) and Romain. Last week it was going to be Sauber/Perez pulling off surprise dominance, or was that Rosberg.... no wait, it was Button, no??? Whatever. It was a great race and points to a continued great season.


April 25, 2012 1:34 PM

kevin. i fully agree. it is all very well to speculate on what might have been, but it all means zilch. the result is the result, and nothing can change it.
why, if karthikeyan had neen given a three lap advantage at the start, even he could have won the race!

john - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 1:44 PM

Vettel won and Kimi lost...period. No ifs or buts.....However if the damage to the front wing did compromise some of Kimi's speed....imagine how fast he would have been in the race without the damage.....scary...

Silent observer - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 2:47 PM

I hear exactly what everyone is saying, but I also enjoy this technical analysis by James Allison. As a team, these guys are taking no prisoners!! Seriously, I think Kimi is surprising everyone in the paddock so much, they're still catching their collective breaths!!

This is where the car was a couple of seasons ago, before Cube had his accident and Petrov and Heidfeld could not move the team forward. With hindsight, Boullier needs to be given some credit for hiring Kimi and Grosjean. Hindsight is a great thing! :-)

While long before we see the first Lotus 1-2 this season? Anyone willing to bet against it? And what chance Ferrari will poach one of these super talented guys like Allison, if Stefano does not bring either title to Maranello in the next 2 to 3 years? If I were a betting man, I certainly wouldn't bet against it!

Silent observer - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 3:01 PM

If this trend continues, this is going to be one awesome season!

Now, what we need is for Michael to put one perfect weekend together and claim victory in that Merc! And for Felipe to find his mojo again. Let the season run on and on till the very last race, with 4 or 5 potential WDC's by the time we get to Interlagos!

Bring it on!!!

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