Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012

Raikkonen rues lost chance of victory

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen says Lotus could have won the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Spanish GP – Conference 4 (FIA)

“The fact is the reason why I?m disappointed is because in the end if we have done everything right, we could have put ourselves into first place. The car has been fast enough but we?ve been doing small things not correctly and I?ve done some mistakes on my side but if everything was 100 percent OK we could have won.”

Natalie Pinkham via Twitter

“News is that the teams are all pulling together to loan Williams all the kit that they lost in the fire.”

The fire at Williams (Sky)

Pictures of yesterday’s horrifying fire in the Williams pit after the race.

Button: No overnight fix to car issues (Autosport)

“I am normally good at looking after tyres and having a good consistency, it is something I always work on but I can’t do that at the moment and I don’t know why. I am really struggling with the car at the moment. It is not an overnight fix.”

Millionaire man Maldonado answers critics (BBC)

“To his credit, Maldonado does not seek to hide the financial support he is given, nor the fact that he is basically a state-sponsored driver who has the personal backing of his President, Hugo Chavez. In fact, he embraces it.”

Carroll Shelby obituary (The Guardian)

“Carroll Shelby, the colourful American racing driver and engineer who shared the winning Aston Martin with Britain’s Roy Salvadori in the 1959 Le Mans 24-hour sports car classic, and who later gave his name to the iconic Shelby American Cobra high-performance sports car, has died at the age of 89.”

Comment of the day

Many positive reactions to yesterday’s race. Here’s TommyB:

Always great to see an underdog victory! The start showed that Barcelona is a rubbish track for overtaking but thank goodness for Pirelli, once the tyres went we got passing all over the place.

The race though showed you don?t need overtaking to be exciting, the Maldonado/Alonso battle made for tense viewing. A really enjoyable race!
TommyB

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