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Considering Lotus were many people’s favourites for victory in Monaco, the team was majorly disappointed to leave the Principality with just two extra points on the board. Kimi Räikkönen finished ninth after Romain Grosjean spun out at Turn 1.
After tagging Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes for the second time this season, Grosjean was out of contention after spinning in front of the field at Sainte Devote. Räikkönen managed to keep out of such trouble, but failed to make any major impression to end a weekend full of struggles.
“Ninth was the best we could do today,” said the Finn, who had won in Monaco for McLaren in 2005. “I didn’t start in a great position and I had some difficulties during the race, so it’s not been the easiest weekend but at least we got a couple of points. It’s better than nothing but not exactly what we wanted.”
Räikkönen’s weekend began on a bad note on Thursday, when he missed the whole first practice session after requesting a steering modification. Further ground was lost that afternoon, when rain washed out the second session.
“One race doesn’t change the fact that we have been pretty strong everywhere – even here at the beginning of the weekend,” the Espoo man continues. “This circuit is completely different from any other and I don’t think we should worry too much about the fact that it wasn’t our best weekend. It is what it is – sometimes it doesn’t go the way you expected and now we should look to Canada for a better result.”
Räikkönen now heads to Montreal, where he won in 2005 and finished third a year later. He has finished in the top six in seven of his eight races there.
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