Raikkonen content with podium finish

By on Sunday, May 1, 2016
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen was content with finishing on the podium at the Russian Grand Prix though accepted Ferrari did not have the pace to challenge rivals Mercedes.

Raikkonen moved up to second at the start at the expense of Valtteri Bottas but was overhauled by his compatriot at the restart, before being passed by Lewis Hamilton into Turn 5.

Raikkonen extended his first stint and emerged from the pits ahead of Bottas, after which he had a lonely run to third place.

"I had a pretty OK start, I managed to get past Valtteri but after the restart like last year we don’t have the speed and he managed to get me, when I tried to get past him Lewis got past me.

"We ran longer and managed to do the Williams but [were] not fast enough for Mercedes, we had good speed but with fuel saving we had to take some measures so we could not push as fast as we could go."

Raikkonen further explained that his attempt at trying to get ahead of Bottas left him exposed to Hamilton.

"I tried to pass Bottas and obviously I was close to him and got some understeer and ran wide so he got a run on me, I tried to block but it was too late and I let him through," he said.


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