Räikkönen philosophical about retirement
25 August 2013 – Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen refused to be too downbeat despite suffering his first retirement with the outfit during Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
The Finn, whose 28-race run of points finishes also comes to an end, was attempting to pull off a move on Ferrari rival Felipe Massa at the final chicane when his brakes failed, forcing him to return to the pits and abandon his E21 machine after 25 laps.
"I had a brake failure so there was really no point in trying to continue," said Räikkönen. "There wasn't enough space into the first corner where I went over the kerb and lost some time, but after that I was pushing as hard as I could. There were some brake issues at the beginning of the race but we were managing them and it was OK until we had to retire.
"We've finished a lot of races and had some good reliability; your luck has to run out and today was that day."
Romain Grosjean collected four championship points for Lotus in eighth position.