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'We could have won,' says Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen firmly believed that with just a little luck in their favour this weekend, Lotus could have walked away with victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean swapped positions, but otherwise finished the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona pretty much exactly where they started - much to the frustration of Kimi Raikkonen, who felt that the team should and could have done better at the Circuit de Catalunya.

"I am a bit disappointed because if everything had gone right in the first part of the race, we could have won, said the former world champion. "There was no issue with the speed of the car, but it is so close between all the teams.

"If you have a small problem or a small issue it can cost so much. Our car can do it, but everything has to fall into the right place to be able to get on to the top step," he continued.

For Raikkonen, the critical moment came right at the start, where he had the opportunity to get past the leader and control the race from the front.

"I had a very good start and had a chance to overtake on the outside, but we did not have enough speed and I hit the limiter in fifth gear," he explained. "My first stint was okay, but I didn't have the speed to stay with the cars in front. We changed the tyres and it seemed to be pretty good, but we were too far away."

By the time that Fernando Alonso started to struggle with tyre wear in the Ferrari, it was too late for Raikkonen to close the gap and gat second place despite running on much fresher tyres himself.

"We needed a few more laps and we could have fought for the win," he said. "We're not far away from it and so far we've made good steps forwards; the car feels strong everywhere."

Romain Grosjean was ruing losing third place to his team mate at the start, and then getting involved in a spat with Sauber's Sergio Perez that damaged the front wing of the Lotus and left Perez with a puncture.

"It was pretty difficult for me at the start of the race as it was hard to get the front working properly with the wing damaged," he said. "But we made some changes and at the end of the race the car was really flying.

"I think we made the right decisions today; if you told us we could finish third and fourth at the beginning of the weekend we'd have taken it," he said.

"A race incident at the start didn't help Romain, but the pace of both drivers at the end of the race illustrated our potential," added team principal Eric Boullier. "It's a very strong result and it's a great reward for the team today."



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12.05.2012- Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management  and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
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Nas - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 12:38 AM

A good opportunity but in the end he was let down by poor strategy. Renault probably have the most well rounded car right now and they need to make the most of it while they can.



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