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Raikkonen: Third was possible
6 July 2013
Kimi Raikkonen reckons he should 'probably' have been third on the grid for the German Grand Prix.
The Finn will start the race, the ninth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship, from fourth in his Lotus E21, but he felt a poor first sector probably cost him a few tenths of a second and a shot at being ahead of the Red Bull of Mark Webber.
“My car was okay today, but in my Q3 lap on the new tyres I struggled to get the fronts up to temperature which meant I lost quite a bit of time in the first sector; probably because there was traffic on my out lap meaning I couldn't push as much as I wanted,” Raikkonen explained.
“For sure it didn't help and we probably should have been P3 today, but P4 is still a pretty good place to be for the race.”
Team-mate Romain Grosjean meanwhile was fifth fastest in the top-ten shootout in the sister E21. Like Kimi, however, he also felt there was a bit more to come.
“P5 is a pretty good result,” stated the Frenchman, “but to be honest I'm a little disappointed with my fastest lap as there were definitely a few tenths lost in the first sector.
"We struggled a little getting the front tyres working this morning but the car felt really good during qualifying and we improved with every lap.
“It was a strong performance for the team with Kimi P4 as well, so we're happy to be back at the front after paying a few unwanted visits to the lower positions recently.”
“We're reasonably happy with today's performance,” summarised Lotus trackside operation director, Alan Permane. “Of course, you always want more and we could have got a little more from both cars in the final qualifying session as neither driver posted a good first sector. That said, with P4 and P5 on the grid, we're happy.”
“We know that our race simulations yesterday looked good and the forecast is for high temperatures tomorrow, so I think we can look forward to having a strong race,” Permane concluded.
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