Räikkönen still thinks more was possible
23 September 2012 – Marina Bay had promised a race of damage limitation for Kimi Räikkönen ever since practice began on Friday. From 12th on the grid, the Lotus driver – who remains third in the championship – was allowed past team-mate Romain Grosjean for fifth place, but despite circumstances the 2007 Champion still believes a better result was possible.
“After the result in qualifying today’s race was not too bad, but I think we had a chance to do a bit better,” he said in the paddock. “We weren’t quick enough to be fighting for the podium but the first Safety Car didn’t help us and maybe we could have gained an extra place without that.
“We were definitely faster than Michael (Schumacher) and Nico (Rosberg) but we ended up stuck behind them for most of the race, which was frustrating. It’s so hard to overtake here that you have to rely on passing people in the pit-stops or on someone making a mistake.”
Räikkönen now looks forward to Suzuka in two weeks’ time, when Lotus will finally be able to race its ‘Double DRS’ device for the first time.
“I’m still third in the Drivers’ Championship but we’ve got some improvements to make for the next races to be fighting with the cars in front,” he began to conclude. “Hopefully we can make a step forward in Japan and take it from there.”
For teams’ honours, Lotus is still fourth and 14 points behind Ferrari.