Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took his fourth top-three result in as many races today, when he inherited the final spot on the Italian Grand Prix rostrum on the very last lap.
Raikkonen had looked set to finish fourth, despite coming under pressure from Adrian Sutil's Force India. However he found himself bumped up a place on the final lap when Lewis Hamilton crashed out at the exit of the first Lesmo.
Raikkonen thus took P3 and while the Finn was sad not to have been able to battle for the victory, he was happy to have got 'bronze' for the Scuderia on home soil and in front of the fanatical tifosi
“I am happy to have made it to the podium once again, even if this time I needed a heavy dose of luck. It's a nice result, for the championship, for us and for our fans here at Monza,” Raikkonen confirmed.
“I got a great start and I almost managed to also get past Hamilton, but even if I'd managed it, the result would have been the same in the end. I'm disappointed I couldn't fight for the win, but we did not have enough speed.
“All in all, the strategy we chose prior to the race was the best one for us. In my battle with [Adrian] Sutil, I was never really in difficulty: I knew I only had to avoid making any mistakes and drive in such a way as to get the best out of the car. The tyres? The softer ones suited us better, as we struggled a bit on the harder ones, especially at the start of the stint.
“In the upcoming races, we will try and do our best: maybe in some of them we could even try and fight for the win.”
Ferrari team boss, Stefano Domenicali meanwhile praised Raikkonen and said his performance all weekend was 'fantastic', something echoed by chief track engineer, Chris Dyer, who described his race as 'impeccable'.
“A podium again, the fifth in a row, this time courtesy of a hefty dose of luck, which maybe hasn't always been with us at other times," Domenicali conitnued.
"Once again, in this second half of the season, Kimi drove a fantastic race – in fact I'd say he was fantastic all weekend. He did not make any mistakes, giving his all and, along with the team, was able to get the best out of the car.
“Today, we were not quick enough, but we still managed to get one driver to the podium, a result which is good for morale and I believe, pleased all our fans. The European part of the season is over and there are still four races to go to try and finish this unusual season in the best way possible.”