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Raikkonen continues strong start with runner-up

Apr 21, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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On Sunday at Bahrain, Kimi Raikkonen collected his third podium in four starts this season, moving from seventh at the start to his second consecutive runner-up finish in as many races.

It’s also the sixth Bahrain Grand Prix podium of the Iceman’s career, but being ever hungry for a victory and nothing else, he indicated that he wanted more than just consistency.

“Second is obviously better than third place, but we haven’t won [at Bahrain] and that’s what we try to do,” Raikkonen said. “Today, we got good points, we didn’t lose too many to [race winner] Sebastian [Vettel], but obviously it doesn’t help to finish second if he’s winning all the time. So we try to find something, but all of [the podium finishes] have been improved, in a way.”

Still, Raikkonen, who worked from a two-stop strategy in the race that he felt “worked well,” believed that P2 was the best result he could have wrung out even if he had qualified farther up the grid.

“I think it didn’t help, but I think overall, we would not have had the speed for beating Red Bull in here this weekend,” he admitted. “Yesterday we could have been a few places better, but still, we couldn’t have challenged on speed… to the front.

“But I would say then, second was the best that we could achieve and also third for the team, so, a good result.”

Raikkonen now sits 10 markers in second place behind Vettel (77-67) in the driver’s championship as it goes into an extended break before the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona next month.

He recognizes that’s a better position than where he was last year at this time, but is downplaying expectations of a bid for the world title — at least for now.

“It’s going to be hard to catch Sebastian [Vettel] if he keeps taking good results so we need to start taking more points from him, but you never know what can happen,” Raikkonen said. “We’ll keep pushing to improve the car and see where we end up.”

  1. techmeister1 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Lotus is getting excellent use from their tires but Red Bull has the fastest car so it’s tough to beat Adrian Newy.

  2. apexassassin - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Lol, is Newey on track? So I don’t buy that especially as Newey isn’t always the best designer. I note he couldn’t buy a title for a decade after Mika.

    Anyway, to reply to the article at hand, Lotus are doing an amazing job given their budget. So far they are the only team maximizing the FRIC, DDRS, Coanda, and Pirelli’s, though the latter is totally understandable considering they had many support personnel at the tire tests.

    And Kimi! Enough can’t be said about his return. 21 consecutive points finishes. No one else in the current field is even close. Alonso has a personal record of 23 and Schumi of course has the record at 24. For now. I expect Kimi to eclipse that mark and raise the bar by 10 races. And scoring P2 again this year while suffering an allergic reaction just solidifies his role as an elite driver.

  3. purplesectornet - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Yes, genius, Newey’s cars are on track. Are you really this stupid or is this an act?

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