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Raikkonen takes 'maximum' from Monza

Kimi Raikkonen moves up to third in the F1 standings with Monza result
Kimi Raikkonen said fifth was the best he could have hoped for after another points finish in the Italian Grand Prix saw him move up to third in the F1 championship standings.

Raikkonen, the only championship contender yet to win this season, qualified seventh for Lotus and then managed to make up two places over the course of the race, although he was never realistically in contention for a place on the podium.

The Finn has however now moved up to third in the standings and he admitted that had had got as much from Monza as he could have done given a lack of straight-line speed that had hampered him throughout.

"It's good to go into third position in the Drivers' Championship but we lost some points to Fernando which is not ideal,” he said. “It was a difficult weekend as we were too slow in a straight line, making it very difficult to hold off anyone and even with the DRS it was difficult to overtake the cars in front. We did the one stop strategy and the tyres were fine. We came into the race looking for sixth or seventh so fifth is the maximum we could have done here this weekend.”

Team boss Eric Boullier was pleased to see Raikkonen secure a strong end result from a weekend where expectations had been lowered somewhat by the Enstone-based team.

"From this weekend I don't think we could have expected better,” he said. “The key to a good championship position at the end of the season is always scoring points, even when it is a difficult weekend. Kimi delivered exactly as we wanted from him today and moving to third in the standings is a just reward. We are still in contact with those ahead of us in both Championships with seven races to go.”

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September 10, 2012 1:15 PM

Well he's locked in but money talks. Assuming Hamilton doesn't sign for Mercedes then he'd be better staying where he his. The weak point of that car is top speed and an temperamental Kers unit but it'll be better on the tracks coming up. Can't see him back at Ferrari, can't imagine he'd want to play 2nd fiddle to Alonso.


September 10, 2012 1:07 PM

Kimi best lap of the race (lap 52) was ranked 17th. The team need to raise there ambitions instead of constantly slapping themselves on the back. Any team who wants a top line driver 'will' be looking at Kimi. Lopez has said that the performance clauses in Kimi's contract have been met and Kimi is now locked into his contract for 2013. I hope driver and team dont miss out on an oppertunity.

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