Raikkonen: Strategy call was wrong

By on Sunday, May 11, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen reckons Ferrari took the wrong approach with his strategy during the Spanish Grand Prix.

Raikkonen finished the race in seventh place after stopping twice and was overtaking in the closing stages by two-stopping team-mate Fernando Alonso.

"That was a complicated race for me, with the main problem being a lack of grip and in general, it was very difficult to find the right balance on the car," he said.

"Going for a two stop strategy proved to be the wrong choice because tyre degradation meant I couldn’t push all the way to the end. Overall here, we went better than in the last race, maybe because the characteristics of this track are very different to those we have raced on so far, but we cannot be happy with sixth and seventh places, because we are a long way off where we want to be.

"It will take time, but we will do our utmost, because we know where we must keep pushing if we want to improve."

Alonso came home in sixth and maintains that he will continue to fight for the title until it is mathematically impossible.

"Our pace was too slow compared to the leaders and on top of that, not making up any places at the start didn’t help," he said. "The gap to the best is nothing new and today’s result confirms the fact our rivals are strong on both the performance and the reliability fronts, but until it is mathematically impossible to catch them we will continue to believe and do all we can to catch up.

"The decision to go for a three stop strategy was taken in an attempt to cover Vettel, but unfortunately I lost the place at the pit stop and I only managed to make up one on Kimi, who was impossible to pass when we were on the same tyres."


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