Raikkonen says 'proper name' sealed factors end in Sochi

Kimi Raikkonen was amongst people who made an sprint for the pits when the rain set on within the closing phases of the Russian Grand Prix, and the decision helped the Alfa Romeo driver seal his P8 end.

From P13 on the grid, Raikkonen progressed into the top-ten throughout his first stint on the medium tyres.

However the Finn’s change to the onerous compound predictably pushed him down the order from the place he tried to battle his method again into the factors, working within the wake of Esteban Ocon’s Alpine.

Raikkonen felt he was sooner than the French however Alfa’s high pace deficit versus the Alpine saved him behind.

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“We made a great begin and gained some positions, after which adopted the Alpine a lot of the race,” stated the F1 veteran who had sat out the final two races due after testing constructive for Covid.

“I felt the automobile was behaving effectively however we had been a bit too gradual to actually make progress. I felt I had extra pace however when the straight opened up I had no probability of overtake him.”

Finally, Raikkonnen’s break got here with the rain that rolled into Sochi late within the day and a well timed name from the Alfa Romeo pitwall.

“Fortunately we made the correct name,” he stated. “I felt that it was too moist already and we had been one of many early ones to return in to vary tyres and it paid off in the long run.”

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Certainly, the late opportunistic cease put the Iceman again within the top-ten from the place he managed to grab one other couple of positions to conclude his day P8 within the working order.

Requested if he drew upon his rallying expertise to take care of the difficult circumstances within the race’s closing laps, Raikkonen stated: “Not likely. Our automobile is for positive not the very best within the moist circumstances, however fortunately we pitted on the proper second after which we had respectable pace within the final couple laps.

“I managed to cross some automobiles, so not too dangerous.”

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