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F1 China 2013: Battle-scarred Kimi settles for second

"It was quite difficult out there," admitted Raikkonen, who revealed that he'd wanted to get a new front wing but been talked out of it by the team. "I think they looked at the wing at the first pitstop and probably thought it would take too long.

"Obviously the car is not designed like that otherwise we would use it all the time, but I was surprised how good it was still," he added. "Of course, there were some handling issues which was not ideal, but we just had to try to live with it and we still had pretty okay speed."

After that it was a case of focussing on what was still possible with the battle-scarred car. Fernando Alonso was increasingly out of reach at the front, but Raikkonen had enough in hand over Lewis Hamilton to ensure second place, even before the Mercedes started to struggle with late tyre wear and then become further distracted holding off Sebastian Vettel in a fierce fight for third on the final lap.

"Second wasn't quite what we wanted, but in the circumstances it was the best that we could manage today," said Raikkonen. "I'm not 100% happy because we didn't win, but it is what it is and second place is a good result after a bad start and the incident with Sergio."

Meanwhile, Raikkonen's team mate Romain Grosjean had a subdued day in China, dropping from sixth place on the grid to ninth place at the chequered flag over the course of the race in Shanghai.

"It was a long, tough race and again we not able to make it work quite as well as we wanted - I'm definitely not happy with ninth place," he said. "Unfortunately we could not manage it. I did as much as I could, but I couldn't get the performance I wanted and being in traffic of course affects this."

"Romain had a more difficult day, but he scored points in another race which is positive," said Lotus team principal Eric Boullier. "We feel he's reached a turning point now where things will start coming together



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14.04.2013- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
14.04.2013- Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
14.04.2013- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
14.04.2013- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
24.03.2013- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28 overtaking Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
14.04.2013- Race, 2nd position Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21es AMG F1 W04
18.09.2014 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
18.09.2014 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
18.09.2014 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
18.09.2014 - Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
18.09.2014 - Press conference, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
18.09.2014 - Press conference, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
18.09.2014 - Press conference, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
18.09.2014 - Press conference, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
18.09.2014 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
07.09.2014 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E22
07.09.2014 - Race, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E22
07.09.2014 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T

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Bradenws

April 15, 2013 12:38 AM

Kimi is always the exact opposite of full of crap, so I'm actually inclined to take his comments at face value when I read them. I do believe Perez screwed up when they touched (though it takes two to tango), but Kimi just got on with his job like a real man and hasn't actually thrown any vitriol, as would be expected of almost any other driver. He better win it this year.

sodesu - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 5:54 AM

Yeah normally he'll drop an angry comment in the heat of the moment on the radio and then immediately play it down afterwards... I fully agree that Perez driving standards weren't too impressive yesterday, and by the brief conversation in the greenroom it seems like the other two on the podium did too.



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