P3 for Kimi in Barcelona this afternoon makes it two podium finishes in a row for the 2007 World Champion, moving him up into P4 in the Driver’s Championship. Despite another strong result however, the Finn was left wanting more…
Q: Kimi, P3 for you today and with a few more laps it could have been even better; how are you feeling after the race?
To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed. I expected us to be a bit stronger in the race, especially at the beginning. We weren’t fast enough in the first stints and that’s why we couldn’t fight for the win. We showed at the end that we have the speed but it was too late. Maybe we made the wrong choice in the first pit stop, but like I said we weren’t quick enough at the start and that cost us the race. I probably wouldn’t have been disappointed with P3 at the beginning of the race because I couldn’t follow the guys in front, but having caught them up by almost twenty seconds towards the end we come away feeling a bit disappointed as we just needed a few more laps to possibly even fight for first place. Anyway, that’s racing and at least I scored some good points for the team and we’re going in the right direction.
Q: Tell us about the start; it seemed that pretty much set the tone for your race…
I had a pretty good start, nothing to complain about. I thought I had a chance to overtake the top two around the outside, but I didn’t have enough speed in a straight line – I actually hit the limiter I think in fifth gear which stopped my acceleration a bit – and because of that I couldn’t quite hang on and hound them. I was pulling away from the guys behind me but I couldn’t stay in touch with the leaders. The first stint was pretty well, but for the second I chose the soft tyre and on that compound I didn’t have the speed to keep up with the guys in front. I’m a bit disappointed, but we fought hard and when we changed to the hard tyres the car was really, really good but by that time we were just too far away. Maybe with about five or ten more laps I think we could have been fighting for the win.
Q: Were you surprised at the pace of Pastor (Maldonado) and the Williams today?
Williams have been quick at different stages in most of the last few races, and as I’ve said before, it’s very difficult to say who has the quickest package overall at the moment. At one race a team can be right up there, and then suddenly they are tenth in the next race, so it’s bit of an odd situation this year. It’s good for the sport, as it gives a lot of teams the chance; anyone who has good speed and when can get the tyres working for them have a chance to win. The tyres seem to be the key thing; if you can get them working well you will be fast.
Q: Two podiums in a row for you now; do you feel a win is around the corner?
Twice now we’ve come close and I’m sure we can make that last step. Unfortunately you’re not always going to be able to challenge for the win, and if you get the chance you have to take it because it’s not every race that you will have the opportunity to go for it. Hopefully we can keep doing what we’re doing now and eventually I’m sure things will go exactly right and we’ll be up there. So far we’ve made good progress and the car has been strong everywhere. The next race is a bit different – Monaco – and it’s hard to say how we’ll go there. The team has done a good job, but we still have work to do and things to improve. So far the season is going well; obviously we’re not 100% happy because we’re not winning just yet, but that’s normal and I’m pleased the team want to push even further.