Raikkonen: The gate was open in 2001...

By on Monday, November 26, 2012

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Kimi Raikkonen finished tenth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix, becoming the only man to finish every race in 2012.

But there was a comical moment when the Finn ran wide at Juncao and tried to rejoin the track via the old circuit, only to come across a closed gate.

"It was a busy race and we didn’t have the pace we wanted all the time. There was certainly a lot going on", he said.

"I went off at the last corner on lap fifty-two as I couldn’t see well with my visor being dirty and fogged up. Where I went off you can get back on the track by going through the support race pit lane, but you have to go through a gate".

"I know this as I did the same thing in 2001 and the gate was open that year. Somebody closed it this time. Next year I’ll make sure it’s open again".

Team mate Romain Grosjean suffered a heavy crash early on.

"I’m a little bit shaken but otherwise not too bad", said the French racer.

"Everything was nicely under control at the start of the race then it all ended very suddenly at turn eleven. It was a strange one; I could see it was raining a bit more so I was taking it even easier than on the lap before, then suddenly the car just went from underneath me and that was it".

"I’ve not had much luck this weekend and that’s definitely not the way I wanted to end the season, but overall it’s been a good year and hopefully there will be many better days to come".


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