Raikkonen: It's good that we beat Vettel

By on Sunday, May 12, 2013

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen says there's no reason for him to celebrate despite taking second place at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Raikkonen secured his fourth podium of the season to move to within four points of championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

The Finn started from fourth place but moved into second after passing Nico Rosberg and Vettel. Raikkonen was able to stop just three times, ensuring that he split Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

"Unfortunately it’s second place again so it’s not time to celebrate too much," he said.

"The car felt good and we did pretty much all we could today, but we didn’t have the pace to challenge Fernando [Alonso]. I drove to the maximum and it’s good for the championship that Sebastian finished behind us. It’s nice to be on the podium for me and the team; let’s see what we can do in Monaco."

Team-mate Romain Grosjean retired early on following a suspension problem, a result that sees Lotus slip to third place in the championship.

"I made a poor start but after that I was on the pace and we know we’re able to produce good race strategies, so there was potential for a strong result today," he said.

"The car was feeling pretty good until we had an issue with the rear suspension which meant I had to return to the pits and retire from the race, which is a great shame."


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