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Raikkonen seeks to look forwards in Canada

Kimi Raikkonen says he is keen to put Monaco behind him as he aims to return to form in the Canadian Grand Prix
Kimi Raikkonen says he is keen to put the Monaco Grand Prix behind him as he focuses on trying to make up ground in the F1 title race in Canada next weekend.

The Lotus man missed out on a top five finish in the principality after contact with Sergio Perez caused a puncture, although he stormed back to secure a point on the final lap after passing Nico Hulkenberg for tenth spot.

Despite that, Raikkonen slipped to 21 points behind Sebastian Vettel in the title race and was clearly angered by Perez's driving, telling the BBC that he felt the McLaren man 'needed to be punched' having been involved in a number of aggressive overtaking moves over the course of the race.

However, Raikkonen said he was now seeking to put the Monaco event behind him, with his focus on trying to close the gap to Vettel when the action gets underway in Montreal.

“We had a bad result on Sunday in Monaco; that was clear for anyone to see,” he said. “It could have been even worse, but it could have been much better as well. We came out with one point so at least we got something back after losing the solid fifth place, but that's not much consolation.

“No-one wants to lose so many points thanks to the actions of another driver, but that race is over. Monaco is just a distant memory and I'm all ready for Canada. I have won there which was pretty good, but I have experienced some setbacks there as well. Many times the race has been quite a lottery as there seem to be different things that affect it. The weather can change a lot, sometimes the tyres or the track aren't working very well, sometimes there are a lot of safety cars, or sometimes another driver runs into the back of you when you're waiting at a red light…”

Admitting that a good set-up would be key to his chances of success, Raikkonen also insisted that Lotus needed to try and secure a return to the kind of form it displayed prior to Monaco to give him the best chance of success.

“Like at every circuit you need to get the set-up exactly right,” he said. “You need a well-balanced chassis in the medium downforce configuration and you don't want to be too hard on brakes as there's a lot of aggressive braking there. It's something I quite enjoy, the stop and go style of the circuit.

“For sure we lost ground on the lead in Monaco, but it's not over yet. It's still early in the season and twenty-one points behind is not too much to catch up; especially if Sebastian has a bad weekend too at some point. The most important thing is that we return to our race level before Monaco to get things going our way as soon as possible.”



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Chris Smith - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 3:13 AM

Whether Kimi wins WDC or not, one thing is sure. The rest of field is get worried they hear his name (especially the championship contenders) . They know he is always up there somewhere and if history is anything to learn from, Raikkonen will not blink even at the moment of extreme pressure. He can arrive at the last race with 20 point deficit and still walk away as a WDC if the competitor makes a mistake. That is what is most troubling to other drivers. His 2 years at rallying might not have produced terrific results, but his car control is at its finest. (Look at the first lap maneouver off the field in Brazil last year when he avoided shunting vettel with stunning reflexes. Vettel would have probably retired if Kimi had hit him since it was a very close field)

kuyohtay

June 02, 2013 3:47 PM

Only Schumacher could better Kimi on consistent quick pace over the distance of a segment (tire stop) in a race. Kimi is arguably the best and cleanest passer out there. The Lotus is almost quick enough for championship contention, only luck will take Kimi to the title. His bad luck or theirs? Focus from Lotus and the Ice Man will get it done!!



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