Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen reckons he could have finished closer to Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although he conceded his third place was probably the optimum.
Raikkonen was almost 20 seconds adrift of race winner Rosberg at the chequered flag - and over 10 seconds off Hamilton in second, but pointed out that the gap wasn't representative, as he had a slow final pit stop. Raikkonen also added that eased off near the end of the 55-lap race at the Yas Marina Circuit.
“This weekend has been pretty okay, the car has been handling well,” Raikkonen said after the 2015 F1 season finale. “I think in the race the car handled quite well I thought we could have been closer but we had poor pit stops that cost us some time and in the end I slowed down a bit.
“I think we had the speed today, we didn't throw away a better result, but in certain points we are catching them [Mercedes]. It's never nice to finish third but it was more or less what we expected.”
The result - Raikkonen's third podium of the year – lifts the Finn to fourth in the Drivers' Championship and ahead of fellow countryman, Valtteri Bottas, not that the 2007 F1 World Champion is especially bothered.
“Not really,” he replied when asked if that fact gives him any satisfaction, especially given they have had a few track incidents this year.
“You guys have been asking about me and Valtteri for a long time, but it still doesn't make a difference to me. It's not a Finnish championship, it's a World Championship and if you don't win it doesn't make an awful lot of difference if you're second or wherever you finish. I'm happy I had an OK race at the end of the year, but it doesn't change anything or how the season went or what to expect for next year. I'm pleased with the way it finished but that's about it.”