Raikkonen: Podium result a big gift

By on Sunday, July 3, 2016
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen says finishing on the podium was a "big gift" as he endured a challenging Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

Raikkonen moved up to second place during the early stages of the race but slipped behind Nico Rosberg and both Red Bull drivers to run in fifth position.

Raikkonen passed Daniel Ricciardo to take fourth and closed in on Max Verstappen in the battle for the final podium spot.

However, the collision between the Mercedes drivers on the final lap compromised Nico Rosberg, meaning Raikkonen was able to move up to third and take a podium finish.

"It’s okay to be on the podium, it’s better than fourth place, obviously that was a big gift for us but we take [it], no complaints," he said.

"We had pretty good speed in the beginning. Once we made a pitstop suddenly found myself in sixth position.

"I think it was a bit hard after that. There were Safety Cars and stuff but the biggest issue was probably with the first Red Bull [Ricciardo].

"I tried to get past him, we had good speed but it as so difficult to get close enough and he always, always when I close I could not find the traction to challenge him and then luckily on one lap I managed to suddenly get a jump on him.

"Then the speed was good and I kind of run out of the laps.

"Without yellow flags we could probably have had a very good go with Max – but that’s how it goes. He got second, I got third. Disappointed but it’s better than nothing and we got three points back on Rosberg so it all helps."

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