Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen says second was the best result possible following contact with Sergio Perez.
Raikkonen started from second on the grid but slipped back to fourth at the first corner. After the first round of stops, Raikkonen attempted to pass Perez at Turn 6 but was edged onto the grass and nudged the back of the McLaren.
Raikkonen sustained some damage to his front wing.
“Second wasn’t quite what we wanted, but in the circumstances it was the best that we could manage today,” he said.
“I’m not 100% happy because we didn’t win, but it is what it is and second place is a good result after a bad start and the incident with Sergio [Perez]. It was quite difficult out there; obviously the car is not designed like that otherwise we would use it all the time, but I was surprised how good it was still.”
“Of course there were some handling issues which was not ideal, but we just had to try to live with it and we still had pretty okay speed.”
Team principal Eric Boullier praised Raikkonen for his podium.
“Kimi showed once more why he’s one of the very best drivers in the world by being one of the fastest on track despite sustaining damage to his car. As a team we were able to give him a good strategy allowing us to beat Lewis [Hamilton] and Mercedes in a close battle,” said Boullier.
Trackside operations director Alan Permane reckons Raikkonen’s contact cost him a shot at victory.
“Kimi lost quite a bit of downforce with his front wing damage, otherwise he should have been able to challenge Fernando [Alonso] for the lead. We lost around 0.25 seconds per lap due to the damage to Kimi’s car,” said Permane.