A race spent locked to the rear of Felipe Massa’s car wasn’t what Kimi wanted, but unfortunately that’s what the Iceman got for his first Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit
Q: Give us an overview of your weekend in India…
KR: I had a very good car today, but I just couldn’t do anything with it as I was not able to pass on the straight. It was quite disappointing but that’s how it goes. We put ourselves in that position yesterday with the set-up we chose for qualifying and we paid the price today. We had the speed but not in the right place and when you are behind someone there’s not much you can do.
Q: Did you expect to go better this weekend?
KR: I really thought we had a car that was good enough to fight for a podium as our lap times were strong, but the mistake we made yesterday took away our chance to do better today.
Q: Where does this leave you for the rest of the season?
KR: The Drivers’ Championship battle is pretty much gone for me I think but it doesn’t matter; at the moment I’m just disappointed about this weekend.
Q: Are you optimistic for Abu Dhabi and looking forwards?
KR: Hopefully in the next race we can be a bit smarter and use our race pace to take some more Championship points. The car is good, and if we manage to qualify higher I think we will be in a strong position.
A hard fought double points finish for Lotus F1 Team in today’s Indian Grand Prix, as Kimi and Romain battled their way to P7 / P9 respectively at the Buddh International Circuit.
- Warm, dry and hazy conditions surrounded the Buddh International Circuit throughout proceedings
- Kimi started the race on the same set of yellow marked soft compound Pirelli tyres used during Q3, Romain in P11 took the option of fitting fresh silver marked hard rubber
- The team opted for a one stop strategy with both drivers; Kimi switching from soft to hard tyres with Romain doing the opposite
- Romain’s pit stop was one of the fastest of the season for the team at under 3 seconds
Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05
Fastest Lap: 1:29.354 [Lap 54]
Pit Stops: 1 [Lap 27]
Lap 01: Tense opening lap dice with Sergio Perez; maintains P7 starting slot
Lap 21: Closes right up on MAS after laps of chasing; feigns a pass into T4 keeping the Ferrari on its toes
Lap 27: Pits for hard tyres; emerges in good clean air to attempt the undercut on MAS
Lap 29: Superb driving to pass MAS through the T2 / T3 complex as the Brazilian emerges from the pits, but DRS enables the Ferrari to retake the place into T4
Lap 60: Chequered flag; P7 for the Finn
Classified: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h31:10.744 2. Alonso Ferrari + 9.437 3. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 13.217 4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 13.909 5. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 26.266 6. Massa Ferrari + 44.600 7. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 45.200 8. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 54.900 9. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 56.100 10. Senna Williams-Renault + 1:14.900 11. Rosberg Mercedes + 1:21.600 12. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1:22.800 13. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:26.000 14. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1:26.400 15. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap 16. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1 lap 17. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 18. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 19. Pic Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap 20. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps 21. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps 22. Schumacher Mercedes + 5 laps Fastest lap: Button, 1:28.203 Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 41 Perez Sauber-Ferrari 21 World Championship standings, round 17: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Vettel 240 1. Red Bull-Renault 407 2. Alonso 227 2. Ferrari 316 3. Raikkonen 173 3. McLaren-Mercedes 306 4. Webber 167 4. Lotus-Renault 263 5. Hamilton 165 5. Mercedes 136 6. Button 141 6. Sauber-Ferrari 116 7. Rosberg 93 7. Force India-Mercedes 93 8. Grosjean 90 8. Williams-Renault 59 9. Massa 89 9. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 21 10. Perez 66 11. Kobayashi 50 12. Hulkenberg 49 13. Di Resta 44 14. Schumacher 43 15. Maldonado 33 16. Senna 26 17. Vergne 12 18. Ricciardo 9
Video – Sky Sports interview Kimi:
Raikkonen blames Saturday error: “I really thought that we had a car this weekend that we would be able to fight for a podium with and I am very sure that we had,” he said. “But the mistake we made yesterday took all those chances out.”
Kimi Raikkonen – 7th: “I had a very good car today but I just couldn’t do anything with it as I was not able to pass on the straight. It was quite disappointing but that’s how it goes. We put ourselves in that position yesterday with the set-up we chose for qualifying and we paid the price today. We had the speed but not in the right place and when you are behind someone there’s not much you can do. Hopefully in the next race we can be a bit more smart and use our race speed to take some more Championship points.”
Romain Grosjean – 9th: “Finishing 9th after starting from 12th is good but we could have done even better. That said, I think it was a very good race from myself, my engineers, and the crew during the pit stops. We did everything we could; everybody was working at 100% but today we were lacking some speed in a straight line which makes it impossible to overtake. I pushed on every lap – it was like 90 minutes of qualifying – and gave everything to get the best performance from the car, so I’m very happy.”
Eric Boullier, Team Principal: “Like every race, qualifying is obviously the key to get good points so yesterday’s performance defined our race. Unfortunately Kimi was unable to overtake Felipe and stayed stuck behind. I think we had the pace to be a little bit better and get nearer the front. We clearly need to work on qualifying and make sure we do a better job. We know our car is strong in the race and I think both drivers today did the job we were expecting. The team did a great job on the pit stop strategy so we cannot complain. Let’s just say we’re frustrated that we didn’t do a little bit better.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “Both drivers reported that their cars were excellent during the race, which was good. The downside was that Kimi spent the whole race looking at the back of Massa’s car and Romain was held up for around four laps whilst Michael (Schumacher) received blue flags ahead of him. This circuit is pretty difficult to overtake on; even though there’s a very long straight, the DRS zone isn’t actually that long. It was clear we were definitely faster than the cars ahead, just not sufficiently faster to overtake.”