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Kimi Räikkönen immediately slotted back into the groove on Sunday, rising from 18th on the grid to seventh at the finish line in Australia. Despite taking advantage of last-lap incidents, the Finn was aggressive and displayed several strong passes.
“It feels like I’ve never been away,” said the 2007 World Champion and Lotus driver, who last competed in Formula 1 with Ferrari in 2009.
“Yesterday we made some mistakes which cost us quite badly, so it could easily have been better in the race. I made a good start but then there was an accident in front of me at the first turn, so we lost a few places there as I had to almost stop and move onto the grass to avoid it.
“That made the race harder again as we had the speed, but a lot of traffic to get through. When you look at all these things, we could have finished in a much better position. We had the Safety Car, which I think actually hurt us a bit as well.
“Overall, the weekend was far from ideal, but the car feels good and to come back to seventh means we at least come away with some points.”
|2.||S. Vettel||Red Bull||+2.139|
|4.||M. Webber||Red Bull||+4.547|
|9.||D. Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||+39.556|
|10.||P. di Resta||Force India||+39.737|
|18 Jun||Lotus sells 35 percent stake to investor|
|10 Jun||Räikkönen equals Schumacher's record|
|9 Jun||Grosjean: The weekend is far from over|
|8 Jun||Räikkönen, Ricciardo lose two grid places|
|2012 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix|
|21 Mar '12||Clutch problem hampered Hamilton’s Melbourne start|
|21 Mar '12||Button: Melbourne win was unexpected|
|19 Mar '12||Video: Chaos in Melbourne V8 race|
|19 Mar '12||‘A really poor weekend for me’ – Massa|
|2 Jun||Qualifying will be important says Raikkonen|
|29 May||Video: Räikkönen on life in and outside F1|
|27 May||Video of the Day: Räikkönen steals last point|
|26 May||Räikkönen criticises 'stupid' Pérez move|
|19 Jun||Indian GP organisers shun race rumours|
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