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Kimi Räikkönen has was left to bemoan a long period of yellow flags which prohibited overtaking at Turn 3 for eight of the first nine laps in the Korean Grand Prix. As a result, DRS was disabled until the start of Lap 10.
The yellows were in place as marshals took longer than expected to retrieve Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes from a difficult position; the car was parked up after being hit by the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi. By the time the track was declared under full green conditions once again, the field spread effect meant that cars were more spaced out.
“I think this was about where we should have been today,” said Räikkönen, who started and finished in fifth place. “The yellow flags at the start didn’t help when we were fighting with Felipe (Massa) but, even so, we didn’t quite have the speed to match the Red Bulls and Ferraris.
“We also lost quite a bit of time behind Lewis (Hamilton), mainly because the new exhaust system means you lose a little bit of power so it was hard to get past, but with a few more practice sessions I’m sure we’ll learn a lot more to be able to improve it.
“I was pretty much on my own at the end but we had to keep pushing to maintain position and it wasn’t so easy. The gap to Sebastian (Vettel) in the championship is quite big now so it will be very difficult to catch him, but we’ll keep pushing all the way.”
Räikkönen remains the only driver to complete every single racing lap so far this year and has now finished in the points in 15 of the 16 races. His only non-top ten result came in China, when shot tyres saw him tumble back to 14th in the closing stages.
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