Kimi Raikkonen put some gloss on his fourth place result in the United States Grand Prix, the Finn insisting he had the pace to challenge but was unable to do so thanks to a poor start.

Once again beaten by both McLarens and Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa to fall 26 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the championship standings, Raikkonen claims he paid for a disappointing start that left him in sixth throughout his first stint.

Eventually fighting his way back up to fourth, helped in part by an unusual tyre strategy that saw him use the harder compound in his first stint, Raikkonen caught and almost passed Massa in the latter stages having also managed the fastest lap of the race, but had to be content with fourth over the line.

Nonetheless, despite falling further away in the battle for the title, Raikkonen claims he is not too disheartened by the result but has vowed to improve in qualifying for the coming races.

"The car had a very quick race pace but I paid a high price for the positions lost at the start. We lost precious time behind slower cars and it is always difficult to overtake because when you close on a car ahead you lose so much aero downforce.

"In the final stages I closed on Felipe but there was never a really clear opportunity to overtake him and we were both thinking about the next race where we use the same engine. We must improve, especially in qualifying, because our target has to be to try and win."

 

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