Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says after analysis on Kimi Raikkonen's damaged car it was 'impossible' for him to reach the podium at Sepang after his collision with Nico Rosberg.
Running a relatively lonely fourth, Raikkonen was caught by Rosberg on lap 37 – after he was tapped into a spin by the other Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel at the first turn – and the German attempted a pass up the inside into turn two but the pair struck front wheels.
Raikkonen reported heavy damage to the floor and front wing of his Ferrari as Rosberg survived relatively unscathed from his second bump with the famous red cars in one afternoon but the race stewards saw it fit to hit him with a 10-second time penalty.
Despite his best efforts the Finn finished 13 seconds behind Rosberg at the chequered flag, a net three seconds back after the penalty was applied.
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Arrivabene says Ferrari pulled out an aggressive strategy to stay within 10 seconds of the German to take third but the Italian explained the damage sustained in the collision compromised Raikkonen's outright pace.
"It was impossible to give him more power, due to the impact with Nico, Kimi lost part of the floor and part of the front wing,” Arrivabene said. “From the calculations we have with the engineers, he lost more or less 10 points [of downforce] so it was quite impossible for him to catch up in this situation.”
Raikkonen says Ferrari was damaged by Rosberg
"Even in such a difficult situation he was doing very good lap times - even with a rather severely damaged car. We tried from the pit wall to do our best, and also with regards to the strategy. We were aggressive - but so were others. It is a pity that Kimi didn't finish on the podium. But with the impact all chances were gone."
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