13 June 2012
Raikkonen: Points the most important thing
Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that taking points from the Canadian Grand Prix was a rare high point in a difficult weekend.
Kimi Raikkonen has said that he is ready to put the Canadian Grand Prix behind him and focus on the forthcoming return to Europe after struggling to make a mark in Montreal.
While team-mate Romain Grosjean made a one-stop strategy work on his way to second place behind Lewis Hamilton, Raikkonen struggled to eighth place after finding the revised DRS zone less effective for dealing with midfield traffic. The Finn found himself battling the likes of the Saubers and Force Indias after a differential problem sent him spiralling out of qualifying at the second attempt.
"We improved a few places from our starting position, including one on the first lap, but we could have been a few positions higher up if things had gone differently for us," he reflected in an interview with the Lotus team website, "I got stuck behind slower cars for quite a long time and, unfortunately, when we made the pit-stop we couldn't quite get the jump on them. It's a shame but that's racing.
"We thought [overtaking] would be okay, but it wasn't so easy in the end. The DRS zone wasn't very long and it didn't last for the whole straight, so it was hard to get a good tow from the car in front. However, if we had been a bit higher up in qualifying, I think it would have made a big difference, but that's how it goes sometimes."
Having struggled on the opening day of the meeting, where he and Grosjean managed only 15th and 14th respectively on the practice timesheets, Raikkonen confirmed that the E20 reacted positively to a rise in temperatures over the remainder of the weekend, even if they could not help overcome his qualifying problems.
"The car was much better in the race, for sure," he noted, "Obviously, we had the hydraulic issue which meant the diff wasn't working properly in qualifying but, even without that, I think the higher temperatures helped us and I could push the car much more than in the previous sessions. I wasn't completely happy with it, but it was a big improvement and we've seen the car go well at another different circuit, which is encouraging for the future."
Having shown well in Monaco prior to the trans-Atlantic weekend, Raikkonen should be looking forward to the next round, on the street circuit in Valencia.
"[Canada was] a bit frustrating overall as I think we could have achieved more from the weekend," he concluded, "Still, we've gained more points for the championship which is the most important thing, so we'll move on and try to do better next time."
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