Räikkönen: Safety Car not an influence
6 October 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen is adamant that he could have finished on the Korean Grand Prix podium under any situation, playing down the effect of two Safety Car periods.
The Finn made his second stop under the opening single-file phase, before rising to third behind fellow Lotus driver Romain Grosjean. He then found the speed required to move ahead of his team-mate, paving the way for an eighth podium of the season.
"It was OK," explained Räikkönen, who started from ninth on the grid. "The car was understeering too much and I had to try to look after front tyres. We had traffic around the pit-stops and then decided to stop early for one, which was a good move.
"The Safety Car helped a bit but we had the speed. Without it we could maybe have run until the end and still have been on the podium. It's good but not ideal."
Of his pass on Grosjean, which occurred shortly before the second Safety Car period, Räikkönen added: "He moved two times to the left but I got a good run. I heard there were yellows at end of the next straight so I knew he would not pass me then."
Räikkönen moves up to third in the standings, demoting Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.