The stars of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday were without doubt the Lotus F1 duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, with Raikkonen coming within inches of pulling off a surprise victory for the team in only his fourth race back in F1.
"It's a great result for the team and we deserve it as everyone has been working very hard," he said. "It's good to have both cars on the podium, especially after last race which didn't go to plan."
But he couldn't deny that he felt he'd missed out on an even more impressive result: "I honestly think we could have taken the victory today."
Raikkonen blamed himself for two small setbacks that stopped him from claiming the lead, beginning with losing position to Ferrari's Felipe Massa at the start of the race.
"If I hadn't made a small mistake at the start and allowed Felipe to get through then maybe it would have been a different story," admitted Raikkonen. "We spent quite a lot of time fighting with him."
Even so, he managed to hunt down race leader Sebastian Vettel in the middle of the race, and had what turned out to be a single chance to get past. "Unfortunately, I chose the wrong side to try and get past," he said, after which Vettel was too quick on the KERS boost to make further attempts.
Raikkonen lost some ground on the final pit stop and Vettel's tyres didn't degrade as quickly in the final stint, leaving Raikkonen unable to get back within DRS distance for the remaining laps.
"And that was it really - my tyres dropped off and I had no other chances," he summed up.
But the one person Raikkonen wasn't blaming for the lost opportunity was his team mate Romain Grosjean, despite the time he lost trying to get past the Frenchman.
"There are no team orders and I tried to get past as quickly as I could, but it's not easy because we have two similar cars," said Raikkonen. "In the end, we were not fast enough to win."
Grosjean meanwhile was thrilled to finish in third podium and get his first taste of F1 champagne.