Räikkönen jumps up to third in championship
9 September 2012 – He may have done it covertly, by finishing a quiet fifth at Monza, but Kimi Räikkönen leaves Europe third in the Drivers’ Championship despite not yet winning a race in 2012. The 2007 World Champion benefitted from the retirement of Sebastian Vettel.
“It’s good to go into third position in the Drivers’ Championship but we lost some points to Fernando (Alonso), which is not ideal,” Räikkönen recognised, with the Ferrari driver having fought through to the podium from tenth on the grid.
“It was a difficult weekend as we were too slow in a straight line, making it very difficult to hold off anyone, and even with the DRS it was difficult to overtake the cars in front. We did the one-stop strategy and the tyres were fine. We came into the race looking for sixth or seventh, so fifth is the maximum we could have done here this weekend.”
Seven races remain, starting with the Singapore night race in a fortnight’s time.