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Kimi Räikkönen had been a large tip for victory in Belgium, but the weather of Friday hindered Lotus as it was not able to test its ‘Double DRS’, which it duly shelved for the weekend. The Finn, who finished third behind Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel, admitted that the 44-lap encounter had been his biggest challenge of the season so far.
A third consecutive podium finish, his sixth of the campaign, came after a stiff challenge which involved turning down both engine and KERS settings in order to conserve the car.
“It’s nice to be back here, with lots of fans and good racing,” the Finnish driver commented on the podium, having won four of his previous five Belgian Grands Prix.
“Of course it wasn’t the easiest race for me and the team, the car was not exactly to our liking, but I was fighting and trying to get the best out of it. We managed to get some good points for myself and the team, but for sure it wasn’t the easiest race. In fact it was one of the most difficult, so we’ll try and get something else out of the next one.”
Räikkönen now heads to Monza, where he has finished on the rostrum three times.
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|4.||N. Hulkenberg||Force India||+27.843|
|6.||M. Webber||Red Bull||+31.244|
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|9.||D. Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||+1:02.982|
|10.||P. di Resta||Force India||+1:03.783|
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