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Raikkonen: 'I drove to the maximum'

12 May 2013

There was little to be seen by way of exuberant celebrations from Kimi Raikkonen on the podium after finishing in second place to Fernando Alonso in the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on Sunday.

"Unfortunately it's second place again, so it's not time to celebrate too much," shrugged the Lotus driver. "It's only five races, we are here to try to win races and win championships so it is disappointing to finish second.

"The car felt good and we did pretty much all we could today, but we didn't have the pace to challenge Fernando," he added. "I drove to the maximum."

In the end he'd finished over nine seconds behind the race winning Ferrari; but in many ways that was unimportant to Raikkonen in Spain - he was more focussed on the people crossing the line behind him.

"It's good for the championship that Sebastian finished behind us," he said, after cutting another six points off the reigning champion's lead at the top of the world championship standings. Vettel is now just four points ahead of Raikkonen after five of the 19 events of the 2013 seaon.

"It's nice to be on the podium for me and the team," Raikkonen finally conceded. "Let's see what we can do in Monaco."

His team mate Romain Grosjean had a less successful day of it and had to watch Raikkonen clinch second place from the pit wall, having himself retired on lap 8.

"We had an issue with the rear suspension which meant I had to return to the pits and retire from the race, which is a great shame," he said, adding that the car had felt good up to that point. "I had to return to the pits and retire from the race, which is a great shame.

"It's always disappointing for everyone when something like this happens but there's no-one to blame; it's just a part of motor racing."

"We need to investigate what happened to Romain's car," said team principal Eric Boullier. "I feel sorry for him and for the team. Equally however, I'm delighted for the team to achieve another second place with Kimi today."

Grosjean's DNF means that Lotus lost ground to Red Bull in the constructors championship and are now 20 points adrift of the leaders; moreover, Ferrari have jumped into second spot ahead of the Enstone team thanks to their double podium in Barcelona.

"We took points from Sebastian in the drivers' championship, but we have lost out a bit in the constructors' championship," agreed Boullier. "[But] it was a good job by the entire team today."


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