Kimi Raikkonen: “I don’t think we could have asked much more…”

Kimi Raikkonen moved up from 13th on the grid to take third place in Singapore, despite having suffered all weekend with a back problem.

After an early first stop found him some clean air Raikkonen was running ninth when he pitted under the safety car.

By thereafter running to the flag without another stop he was able to move up into third, behind Fernando Alonso, who followed a similar strategy.

“We had a plan and we know that what moment, if the safety car comes, we try to go until the end,” said Raikkonen. “So I knew what will happen and luckily some other teams couldn’t do it and had to pit. I was kind of stuck behind Jenson for most of the race but then I tried to give him some pressure and keep him pushing so I noticed that he started running out of his tyres and I could start to get in closer and closer.

“In the end I decided to try to pass him and managed to get past – because there were people who stopped for the fresh tyres who were catching very quickly, but luckily once I got past I could push a bit more and keep the gap big enough to end it in third place. After the weekend where we had some problems with myself and not the ideal set-up with all those things and where we were yesterday, finishing third, I don’t think we could have asked much more.”

Raikkonen admitted his back was a serious concern.

“I didn’t feel it too much during the race but obviously afterwards it’s not ideal and yesterday it was pretty bad. I almost didn’t drive, so between that and finishing third I think we have to be happy – and hopefully we can sort those problems for the next race. It’s not the first time. For a long time there have been some issues with my back. I know that I have some work to do at the end of the year, so we have to see what we do.”

 

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