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'One of my easiest wins', declares Raikkonen

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier was delighted that the squad should have achieved such outstanding success so soon in the season.

"It's a fantastic feeling to open the season in this way. Kimi drove impeccably all weekend and gave the team his all," said Boullier. "After Kimi's great start we were hoping that we could achieve a podium finish, then as the race unfolded and we saw the other teams pitting – showing that they were on three-stop strategies – our position became stronger and stronger.

"I'm very happy," he added. "We head to Malaysia in the best position we could be."

It wasn't quite a perfect day for Lotus, however, as Raikkonen's team mate Romain Grosjean struggled during the race and ended up in tenth place despite starting alongside the race winner on the grid.

"Something felt wrong with my car," he said. "I have to sit down with the team and analyse where the issue came from. It felt so good all weekend until the race itself, but in the end the race was long and quite difficult for me."

But Grosjean was looking to Raikkonen's success for inspiration at the next outing n Malaysia in seven days time. "It's been a great weekend for the team with Kimi's win so it's clear there's pace in the car. Let's hope I can unlock that pace too next weekend in Sepang."



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20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director.
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T

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