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Raikkonen: Win not possible from higher grid spot

Oct 7, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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Kimi Raikkonen doubts he could have won the Korean Grand Prix even if he’d started from a higher grid position.

Raikkonen finished second having qualified ninth in Korea but doubted he would have enjoyed a better result from further up on the grid.

“Even it we would have started behind [Vettel], we still don’t have the speed of him,” he said after the race.

“Not far off from him in the race with a little bit from all the tires but I mean it’s so difficult to overtake if you’re not massively faster. So, I think that was pretty OK what we did today.”

Raikkonen said the appearance of the Safety Car aided his cause. It was on track for nine laps during his final 30-lap stint.

“It maybe helped a bit in the end because my front tire was in quite a bad way, it kind of ran out of the rubber in the end,” he said. “So I couldn’t go much longer any more – but obviously that’s the part of racing. Sometimes it helps you a bit.”

“You have to react and do what you think is the right thing and sometimes certain things help you,” he added. “My front tire was pretty done in the end but we finished the race in a pretty good position.”

  1. apexassassin - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    It was still a good drive in a so-so team with a so-so car… too bad team orders at LOLtus don’t go both ways as Grosjean was obviously the quicker driver all weekend. Again.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Kimi way better than Big John, but I was a bit surprised the didn’t let Grosjean past to see how close he could get to Vettel – if at all. Especially since Kimi is moving on and Boullier has been holding Roman’s hand and taking long walks on the beach with him for years.

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