Kimi Raikkonen has lost touch with the championship leaders after suffering a rare mechanically induced Ferrari retirement in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Having maintained third at the start, albeit dropping behind Lewis Hamilton and moving ahead of Fernando Alonso, Raikkonen was chasing his fourth consecutive podium result to remain well within the championship hunt.

However, the Ferrari began to slow on lap nine, forcing Raikkonen to park it into the pit garage and call it a day. The problem was eventually traced to an electrical one and it is one that leaves Raikkonen eight points off the championship lead, much to his frustration.

"Honestly, there's little to say, except that I'm very disappointed. I lost a place to Hamilton at the start, but made the most of the fight between Felipe and Fernando to get back to third place.

"I was running at a good pace and could have had a good result, but suddenly the car had an electrical problem and all I could was come back to the garage. I have lost precious points but there are still thirteen races to recover."

Indeed, Jean Todt admits reliability seems to be an area where Ferrari are falling to McLaren, the team boss citing Felipe Massa's problems in Australia, together with Raikkonen's in Spain, as stunting their charge back to the top.

"We know that one of the indispensable ingredients for winning the championship is reliability and twice now it has been missing this season, today with Kimi's car. Therefore, despite three wins and four pole positions, we are back to a following role in both classifications, because of the great competitiveness of our main rivals."

 

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