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Raikkonen looks to the positives
22 July 2012
Kimi Raikkonen said there were positives for Lotus to take away from the German Grand Prix, despite the Finn failing to achieve his aim of challenging for a podium finish - on track at least - at Hockenheim.
Raikkonen had qualified in tenth place in the rain on Saturday but was hopeful of making progress up the order on race day.
However, having lost time when avoiding a slowing Lewis Hamilton in the early stages, Raikkonen lost a place to the Force India of Paul di Resta and then faced a battle to try and work his way back up the order.
The former champion eventually crossed the line in fourth place and admitted he could have fought higher with a better qualifying performance, although he would eventually secure a podium finish when Sebastian Vettel was handed a post-race penalty.
"We did the best we could today from the position we started,” he said before news of Vettel's penalty broke. “My start was okay, but then I think Lewis had a problem in front of me and I had to slow down to avoid hitting the back of his car. This let Paul through in the DRS zone and from there we had a big hill to climb as it was tricky to get back past.
“Maybe if we had found a bit more pace in the wet yesterday we could have started higher and pushed the leaders, but it is what it is. For sure we were hoping for a bit better here, but the car worked well all through the race and we still brought home some good points for the team so there are some positives to take to the next race.”
Again, speaking before Vettel's penalty was announced, trackside operations director Alan Permane agreed that the team needed to qualify better to make the most of race day.
“With Kimi moving tenth to fourth we saw the strategy work as we wanted it to,” he said. “We were hoping to be able to get on the podium but the first few laps cost a bit too much time. Ultimately we could run at the pace of the leaders, but we were just too far back to make the top three today. It's a familiar story we know all too well; we have to qualify better to get stronger results. The wet weather of Saturday really hurt us in qualifying here, so hopefully we can bounce back in Budapest and do a good job.”
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