Raikkonen: No point to defend from Perez

By on Monday, June 20, 2016
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen says there was no point fighting Sergio Perez on the final lap of the European Grand Prix due to the time penalty which he picked up earlier in the race.

Raikkonen crossed the white line entering the pit lane and was slapped with a five second time penalty, before he pulled aside to allow team-mate Sebastian Vettel to pass.

Raikkonen ran in third place but had an insufficient buffer to Perez in order to negate the impact of his penalty.

Perez attacked Raikkonen on the final lap and the Finn ceded the position, coming across the line in fourth place.

"Overall I'm a bit disappointed of how difficult this weekend was, far from being fun all the time, but in the race the car was good and the speed was there," he said.

"At one point I ran over the white line and got a 5 seconds penalty.

"From that moment I tried to keep the gap to Perez to maintain my position, but on a couple of occasions I ended up following two lapped cars and lost precious time.

"I'm fine with the fact of swapping position with Sebastian, because anyway I had the penalty, but in the moment I let him pass I lost 2.5 seconds in that lap and this did not help.

"In the end I could have for sure stayed in front of Perez but there was no reason to fight and maybe take some risks.

"Obviously my race could have been a different story today, but considering all that happened, the end the result is not too bad."

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