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GP Week : Issue 208
For once, the rub of the green went Kimi Raikkonen’s way. Burdened with a penalty afer a grid infringement, Fernando Alonso had a long day, while Kimi, at last, had an incident-free one (see race report). Pat Fry: "Four th and seventh places can't be seen as satisfactory, especially given that circumstances today meant we could have delivered more as a team. “Clearly, Fernando's penalty, because of a problem with the charge from the external battery we use on the grid, cost him the chance of fighting for a place on the podium and from this incident we must learn to improve our procedures. From then on, his race was compromised and whatever strategy we went for would have seen him in traffic: that's how it turned out and unfortunately, he suffered a lot behind Magnussen, who could count on better straight line speed. Despite this, Fernando pulled off several overtaking moves and drove a great race. It's a shame about the contact with Vettel at La source, which cost him places right at the end. “Kimi ran a clean race and we are pleased his feeling with the car is improving. It was precise and he made no mistakes: we came close to a third place with him, which he maybe deserved.” Fernando was his usual post-race analytical self: "Today my race started on the back foot as the car did not fire up and we had to use another battery. It's a shame because we had a strong pace all weekend and, starting fourth, we could have finished on the podium. “With a penalty to take and on a circuit where top speed is our weak point, we knew we didn' t stand much of a chance, but all the same we did our best. unfortunately, towards the end there was some rather questionable driving and after my front wing was damaged in a coming together with Vettel, the important thing was to get to the chequered flag. “I know the stewards acted on what happened, but I don' t think it's that important when you are fighting for sixth and seventh places ...” Kimi's day 34 GPWEEK.com // 34 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BELGIUM PARTNERS: