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Sunday in India: “Pretty disappointing day”

| Source: lotusf1team.com |

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A tough afternoon for our Iceman saw him stuck in traffic, battling brake issues and foiled at the last by a strategy call falling just short of success. A sterling effort from the Finn to take P7; here’s his view of events…

Q: HOW WAS YOUR RACE?
KR: We ran maybe the first twenty laps with no brakes as they had overheated, so every time I got close to somebody I lost braking. At the end of the race I ran out of tyre performance too so it’s been a pretty disappointing day.

Q: WHAT WAS THE STRATEGY?
KR: We started the race knowing that a one stop strategy could be possible if you did a longer first stint on the soft tyres. Ours wasn’t so long, but when I got stuck behind [Nico] Hulkenberg later in the race we decided to try and make it a one stop. Unfortunately It didn’t work.

Q: HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO BATTLE WHEN YOUR TYRE PERFORMANCE WAS DROPPING AWAY?
KR: I knew the tyres would drop off quite quickly, but you still try to race. Once I had lost the places I could make an extra stop without losing any more which meant I finished where I would have done anyway, so it was worth the risk. We tried to get on the podium with a one stop strategy, but in the end it didn’t work.

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5 responses

  1. yuss590

    Kimi’s answers is very professional after the emotional dispute with Lotus. Salute him.

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    October 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

  2. TiiuT

    Let´s hope, Abu Dhabi will be more lucky place! Today YOU did everything You could, thanks for that!

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    October 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm

  3. yuss590

    Kimi will do his best for good result but Lotus will trying to pull his leg whenever there is chance for Gro to finish ahead of Kimi.

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    October 28, 2013 at 12:07 am

  4. Kimi4WDC

    I guess, this shows the true class of Lotus, and why again and again certain things are not conceivable for them. Management of the team is just not top team material.

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    October 28, 2013 at 1:21 am

  5. Shadman

    All I want to understand is why the tyres were not changed sooner – Kimi could’ve challenged for 2nd place on the softs during the last 7-10 laps.

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    October 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

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