“I took maybe a few laps more than I expected [to pass Vettel], but I got past him and could pull away but, in the end, I really don't think those were the decisions that were the deciding story of the race,” he mused, “I think we had the speed, but we should have done it different.
“Maybe [we could have done] more pit-stops as, then, you can push all the time, but I think this was our best way of doing the race. That's what we planned and that's what we did and I think we deserved to be second and not really winning today.”
Having realised from half-distance that he was relying on luck to guide him to a second win of the year, Raikkonen found succour in the fact that he was not only ahead of Vettel, but also had the cushion of Felipe Massa to help him eat into the German's points lead.
“We're never happy if we're not winning - we're only here to try to win - but we kind of caught up with Vettel, [although] obviously Fernando caught me up [too],” he noted, “We're still in the hunt and we'll keep ourselves there – and, hopefully, in the future, just try to win a bit more.
“I think, if you can do that often, it will give a good chance in the end to fight for the championship. It's only a five race-old season, so there's an awful lot to be raced.”