Räikkönen 'surprised' by Verstappen attempt
23 October 2017 – Kimi Räikkönen says he was "a bit surprised" by Max Verstappen's last-lap manoeuvre through Turn 17 as the pair battled for third at the United States Grand Prix.
Räikkönen came under pressure from Verstappen during the closing stages as their strategies converged, with the Red Bull driver on fresher, softer rubber.
Verstappen launched a move inside of the Turn 17 right-hander and netted the position, but stewards deemed that he had exceeded track limits to do so, and issued a five-second time penalty.
Räikkönen duly climbed onto the podium, his first top-three finish since Formula 1's summer break.
"I saw him in the mirror and I tried to slow down the whole thing before the previous corners just to try to save enough fuel to be honest," said Räikkönen.
"Then I thought I had enough cover on that corner, and I lifted because for the obvious reason that I said.
"Suddenly I saw a bit of him in the mirror and I was a bit surprised.
"But obviously at that speed I was more looking forward than rearwards so I was pretty pissed off that he got past me but I didn't have a chance and I slowed down."
Räikkönen was also encouraged by the speed he was able to display during the race.
"I don't think my tyres were at all in a bad shape," he said.
"It all felt good and it wasn't really any problem to push harder but, like I said, I had to fuel-save quite a bit in the end and that was the only limitation.
"For me, all race, the car was very good, so no complaints."