Raikkonen: Final sector scuppered win prospect

By on Sunday, May 15, 2016
Ferrari Media

Ferrari Media

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says second was a good recovery from a poor start but rued poor traction exiting the final corner, denying him the chance of challenging Max Verstappen for victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Raikkonen lapped within a second of Verstappen throughout the final stint of the race but was unable to follow the Dutchman through the final chicane, losing ground entering the pit straight.

Raikkonen was never close enough to try a move on Verstappen, despite his proximity to the Red Bull driver, and came home in second.

"I had a poor start, released the clutch and got wheel spin," he said.

"It's impossible to recover from that part of wheel spin, luckily I went around people at Turn 3 and didn’t lose so badly, it could have been a lot worse.

"The speed was pretty okay, I was able to catch the three cars in front of me but in the end when I caught Max I got close and I could not follow close enough or get a good enough exit [from the final corner] and had a hard time on the tyres to follow him.

"It's disappointing not to win but after yesterday and bad start we take what we got today, for Ferrari we got good points for both cars, going forward, we know what we want."

Raikkonen also joked about having raced in Formula 1 against Max's father, Jos Verstappen.

"The youngest and oldest [drivers fighting for victory] it happened to be like that, I raced against his father so that’s more scary!"

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