Räikkönen left to lament straight-line deficit
28 October 2012 – Seventh position was the absolute most Kimi Räikkönen could have achieved in the Indian Grand Prix, coming home as best of the rest behind the pairs of Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren cars. Still third in the Drivers’ Championship, he is now 67 points off the lead with a maximum of 75 left on offer from Abu Dhabi, the USA and Brazil.
With Lotus now running their coandă exhaust solution, the car has better downforce but has lost out for top speed in comparison the previous power-maximising configuration. However, the biggest problem was due to setup changes made on Saturday.
“I had a very good car today, but I just couldn’t do anything with it as I was not able to pass on the straight,” Räikkönen explained. “It was quite disappointing, but that’s how it goes.
“We put ourselves in that position yesterday, with the setup we chose for qualifying, and we paid the price today. We had the speed, but not in the right place, and when you are behind someone there’s not much you can do. Hopefully in the next race we can be a bit smarter and use our race speed to take some more championship points.”
Team-mate Romain Grosjean finished in ninth position.