I needed a few more laps, says Räikkönen
13 May 2012 – Kimi Räikkönen eventually finished the Spanish Grand Prix 3.8 seconds behind winner Pastor Maldonado and just six tenths of a second in arrears of second placed Fernando Alonso. After the race the Finn, who has now racked up two consecutive podium finishes, admitted his disappointment.
“I had a very good start and had a chance to overtake on the outside, but we did not have enough speed and I hit the limiter in fifth gear,” he explained. “I am a bit disappointed because if everything had gone right in the first part of the race, we could have won.
“There was no issue with the speed of the car, but it is so close between all the teams that if you have a small problem or a small issue it can cost so much. Our car can do it, but everything has to fall into the right place to be able to get on to the top step. My first stint was okay, but I didn’t have the speed to stay with the cars in front.
“We changed the tyres and it seemed to be pretty good, but we were too far away. At the end we needed a few more laps and we could have fought for the win. We’re not far away from it and so far we’ve made good steps forwards; the car feels strong everywhere.”
Räikkönen won in Spain, for McLaren and Ferrari respectively, in 2005 and 2008.