2012 F1 season
Kimi Raikkonen says he’s disappointed not to have won a race yet after finishing on the podium three times so far this year.
The 2007 world champion said: “If you asked me before the start of the season whether I would be happy with podiums I would have said yes, but now I?óÔé¼Ôäóve had some good results, I want more.
“In the last few races the results haven?óÔé¼Ôäót been as strong as I?óÔé¼Ôäóve wanted. We?óÔé¼Ôäóve finished well but I?óÔé¼Ôäóm disappointed not to have a win yet. We just have to get everything together and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure it can come.”
Raikkonen was running ahead of Fernando Alonso in the European Grand Prix before a slow pit stop let the Ferrari driver past on his way to victory. Raikkonen finished second.
“The race wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót perfect for me,” said Raikkonen. “I got a good start but then I got blocked and lost quite a few places. I managed to retake some positions but it wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót easy.
“At the restart, I lost a place to Lewis [Hamilton]. I just got too much wheelspin out of the corner.
“Then, when I was in third place, a few cars retired and I thought I would save the tyres a bit and try to get Lewis at some point. I saw him sliding and it wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót until the last few laps when I could make the move, but I got him in the end.”
He added: “After the bridge, I made a mistake and Lewis got past me. It was my own mistake. I would have overtaken him sooner to get the place back if I could have done. I was not waiting for the last or second last lap; I just didn?óÔé¼Ôäót have the speed. I had to wait until he ran out of tyres.
“Then I got the chance. I tried to get closer and closer but I was not fast enough earlier on. If Lewis had not got past me I would have had a better chance against Fernando, but it?óÔé¼Ôäós one of those things; if you make a mistake you pay the price.”
Raikkonen was also a close second to Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain. The Lotus driver finished third in the Spanish Grand Prix but was rapidly closing on the leading pair at the chequered flag.
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