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Second stint on options hurt us, admits Kimi

Kimi Raikkonen came close to overhauling Fernando Alonso for second place in Spain, but ultimately couldn't get over falling too far back from the leaders early in the race.
Kimi Raikkonen's chances of overhauling the leaders in Barcelona were undone early on in the Spanish Grand Prix, especially when both Lotus cars made an unexpected strange decision to change to a second set of soft option tyres in their first pit stop.

"Maybe we took the wrong choice in the first pit stop," said Raikkonen after finishing in third place behind Pastor Maldonado and Fernando Alonso at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday.

"The first stint was pretty okay, but the second I chose the soft tyre and I didn't have the speed to keep up with them," he admitted. "I'm a bit disappointed but I just tried to fight.

"Then we changed the tyres and it seemed to turn out to be pretty good," he continued. "But we were just too far away. We needed, like, ten more laps and then I think we could have been fighting for the win.

"One more lap we could probably could have got Fernando - but it's easy to say after," he added.

So why had Lotus decided on that strategy of a second run on options, when everyone else on pit lane was trying everything that they could to avoid an additional outing on the grippy but very short-lived soft compound Pirellis?

"I had two new sets of prime but unfortunately I didn't have more sets of prime anyhow to put in the first pitstop," he revealed.

Even before that point of the race, he'd already fallen back from the leading pair despite managing to leap-frog his own Lotus F1 team mate Romain Grosjean down to the first corner to claim third place.

"Yeah, I had a pretty good start, nothing to complain about," he confirmed. "I thought I would get the chance to overtake outside both of the first two but I didn't have enough speed in a straight line – I actually hit the limiter I think in fifth gear which kind of stopped my acceleration a bit.

"But after that I didn't have the speed to hang on and hound them," he said. "I was pulling away from the guys behind me but I couldn't stay [with the leaders.]"




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