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GP Week : Issue 210
Getting closer? Practice and Qualifying showed that, at this circuit at least, Ferrari was closer to the action. In the end, Kimi Raikkonen’s Q3 electrical problem, which put him back a row or two, would cost him plenty – spending most of the evening staring at the back of a Williams: "Today’s race was really frustrating, because despite the fact we were quick, we weren’t able to finish where we wanted. My start was good, I moved up a few places and everything was working perfectly. “After the first stop, I lost a place to Felipe and from then on, I found myself stuck behind a Williams for the entire race. unfortunately, every time I managed to get close, I lost aero performance on the rear and on top of that, tyre degradation was very high. “It’s a real shame I was never able to run my race, even if we already knew that straight-line speed is our opponents’ strong point. I’m not happy with eighth place, but on the positive side, we have seen improvements this weekend. I’m sure that if, from now on, we don’t have problems, things will go better." For his part, Fernando was philosophical, as usual: "With hindsight, it’s easy to ask oneself how things would have gone if I hadn’t made a mistake at the start and the safety Car hadn’t come out when it did, but overall I’m pleased with this weekend, because we were competitive and were able to fight with the front runners. “sometimes, a safety Car can help but I think that today on this front, we were a bit unlucky, because at that moment, we were trying to make sure of second place and our strategy was good. We didn’t have much of an alternative, because if we had stayed out, the probability was that the stop for the softs would have cost us more places. “even if, in the end, I wasn’t able to get past, the fact we were competitive right to the finish confirms we have made a step forward. Now, in suzuka, a real circuit, we will have a clearer picture of where we are." RIGHT Early laps: Alonso, Ricciardo, Raikkonen – Fernando would lose third thanks to the Safety Car; Kimi would end up behind both Williamses. 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SINGAPORE PARTNERS: