Lotus says “Sorry Kimi!”
3 July 2013 – Kimi Raikkonen missed out on a podium finish at Silverstone due to a mistake in the team's strategy team boss Eric Boullier admits this week. The Finn was well under way for a podium finish when the team decided to keep Raikkonen out on track when the safety car was deployed rather than getting him in for a fresh set of tyres.
Looking back at last weekend's British Grand Prix team principal Boullier said: “The outcome of the race wasn’t rewarding with the amount of work that has been done by the team recently. Most of the upgrades we brought seemed to be working which is a positive sign, although we did struggle a bit in qualifying to generate good grip from the tyres. Our strategy was great until the last safety car.
“We should have called Kimi in to save at least one position and make the podium. Unfortunately, we made the wrong call for which we apologised to Kimi and to the team. This sometimes happens andit isn’t easy to manage when you have so many safety car periods. In Germany we’re confident we will be competitive and aiming to make amends. For Romain, it was a frustrating race after a strong Saturday performance where he’d outqualifed Kimi. It’s very unusual for us to have a part fail, so we’re looking very closely at his front wing to ascertain what went wrong.”