Sunday in Bahrain: “Never really happy if you don’t win”

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2013 Bahrain Grand Prix - Sunday

Four races, three podiums and some classy drives for the Iceman so far in 2013. As always though, he’s wanting more…

Q: After a difficult day yesterday, are you satisfied with today’s result?

KR: You’re never really happy if you don’t win, but I suppose second place is as close as you can get. We could maybe have been a few places higher in in qualifying which would have made things easier, but I drove to the maximum and luckily we found the pace in the car that was missing yesterday. We didn’t have the speed to challenge Sebastian [Vettel] today, but we did have the pace to get both cars on the podium so I’m happy for the team.

Q: After a tough start, did you believe this result was on the cards?

KR: I got off the line ok but then got a bit caught in the traffic so it wasn’t an easy start for sure. After the first stop I thought we had a good chance to make the podium, but we were on a different strategy to most of the others so it was difficult to tell where we were. In the end it worked out pretty well.

Q: There seemed to be a bit of contention over your first stop…

KR: We stopped pretty early the first time and you don’t want to run a set of tyres too long as you then have to look after them a bit more and they start to get more tricky with every lap. It was a bit of a change from our initial plan but that’s pretty normal and I wasn’t worried; our tyre wear was never a problem and they still felt fine at the end.

Q: Yourself and the team currently occupy P2 in both Championships; are you pleased with how things are going?

KR: For sure it’s an ok start and we’re in a better position that this time last year, but there’s a long season ahead and it’s too early to say if we can fight for the Championship right to the end. It’s going to be hard to catch Sebastian [Vettel] if he keeps taking good results so we need to start taking more points from him, but you never know what can happen. We’ll keep pushing to improve the car and see where we end up.

3 thoughts on “Sunday in Bahrain: “Never really happy if you don’t win”

  1. probably the most positive thing from this race was ro-gro getting a poduim, for sure it was probably due to ferrari having bad luck but he needed this to raise his performance and at later events hopefully take points off kimi’s title contenders.

    Im very surprised at webbers performance, unless he had a problem, which i heard non of, maybe he could be gone sooner than expected.

    The car needs to see some improving coz next event i’m sure the rich teams are gonna bring some heavy improvements.


  2. Ferrari and Lotus will be mighty in Spain – considering last year. Hope all goes good there, cause I have doubts how Lotus will handle Monaco streets.

    And yes, it would be very good if Romain will keep putting pressure on others. Same as if they qualified better, they might not have won in Bahrain but they certainly would have put more pressure on Vettel and their odds to win would have increased.


  3. Nice performance from Kimi, flawless and intelligent race as usual. I do think it would have been quite close for the win had Kimi qualified in top 5. Really need to solve that ‘quali issue’ if Kimi is fighting of WC. Quite impressive the race pace Kimi is able to show everytime, Romain only got the podium due to Alonso’s problem, he’s still way of Kimi’s level and i hope Lotus do not allow him to take off pts to Kimi like in Malaysia. As for the race yesterday it would have been a tough battle had Alonso not met the DRS problem. Kimi would surely have finished 3rd. The Ferrari especially Alonso is the car to beat on Sundays. Lotus will have to bring as much updates as possible coz R.bulls,ferrari will undoubtedly do. If Kimi is competitive in 3 weeks then he is definitely in the fight for WC.


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