Handful of points for Lotus

By on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Photo credit: Lotus F1 Team

After a difficult qualifying session on Saturday, the Singapore Grand Prix proved to be a case of damage limitation for Lotus.

Kimi Raikkonen finished in sixth place, ahead of team mate Romain Grosjean.

"After the result in qualifying today’s race was not too bad, but I think we had a chance to do a bit better", said Raikkonen.

"We were definitely faster than Michael [Schumacher] and Nico [Rosberg] but we ended up stuck behind them for most of the race which was frustrating. It’s so hard to overtake here that you have to rely on passing people in the pit stops or on someone making a mistake", he added.

Grosjean said he was pleased with the race on his return from suspension and added that there was no point fighting Raikkonen.

" I made a good start, managed to hold position when things got quite close through the first few corners and the car felt pretty good throughout."

"Our performance was much better than what we would have expected at the start of the weekend. Of course, I dropped a position to Kimi as well ; he was quicker than me towards the end of the race and there was no sense in holding him up. It’s never easy as a driver to let someone past – even if it is your team-mate – but we need to be intelligent in these circumstances. "

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