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F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: We could have been closer – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen: I think we had the speed today, we didn't throw away a better result, but in certain points we are catching them [Mercedes].
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.”
by Rob Wilkins



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RHUAIRI

November 30, 2015 11:00 PM

EXCELLENT RACE AT ABU DHABI 2015 F1 GP BY KIMI RAIKKONEN - A FORMER WORD CHAMPION OF FEW WORDS WHO DOES NOT TOLERATE FOOLS GLADLY It was wonderful to see Kimi Raikkonen showing his true pace and form with a superb 3rd place in Sunday's last race of the season and another 2015 podium. However, it was extremely disappointing, therefore, to hear the most unprofessional personal attacks on the Ferrari driver by David Coulthard after this GP. In a sport where self promotion is endemic Raikkonen, a man of few words, often spoken in self deprecation, is a most welcome figure in this largely hedonistic sport. Many congratulations Kimi! R. MacLeod

thomps000

November 29, 2015 5:18 PM
Last Edited 376 days ago

Good race by Kimi. Great race by Seb. Nice to see the two of them get along and that Seb is devoted again and is getting a decent car. For all those that said that Smiley is better than Seb, I guess that makes Kvyat better than Ricciardo, Seb, and Kimi. Impressive that Kyvat is such a great driver then.



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