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GP Week : Issue 150
The Lotus name returned to the podium for the first time in 24 years on Sunday as Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean took second and third places in Bahrain, but it could well have been even better had the Enstone team gambled with a more aggressive strategy for its star driver Raikkonen. Starting a lowly 11th on the grid, Raikkonen went into the Grand Prix with two new sets of each tyre at his disposal and, starting on the soft, he quickly made his way through the field to emerge from his first pitstop in third. He then quickly closed on team-mate Grosjean for second place but despite his clearly superior pace he had to battle to find a way passed rather than the team requesting a position swap. The decision not to swap positions would cost Raikkonen later on. The Finn had been closing on Vettel at almost half a second per lap early in his second stint, but then lost one tenth of a second to the German on each of the four laps he fought to get passed his team-mate. After the second round of pitstops, Raikkonen was just 2.2 seconds adrift of Vettel, a gap that would not have existed had Lotus decided to move Grosjean aside. Concerned by the potential of excessive tyre wear, Lotus waited until the same lap as Vettel to pit, rather than attempting to leapfrog the Red Bull by pitting earlier, while Vettel’s pace in the final stint easily kept him ahead of the Finn. Grosjean was unable to keep pace with his team-mate ahead from half distance and took the flag 7 seconds behind. Raikkonen played down the importance of not being let by Grosjean when he spoke after the race. “I tried to get past as quickly as I could but it's not easy with two similar cars. It's always easy to say after wards 'if we had done that' but in the end we were not fast enough to win and we have to take the second,” commented Kimi. “I got one chance on Sebastian [on lap 36] but I chose the wrong side under braking, so that was it really. In the end I didn't have any other chances to try. It's disappointing to finish second but after the last race we have to take it and be pretty happy.” Frenchman Grosjean was understandably delighted to score his first podium finish in only his 11th Grand Prix. “For sure it's great. It's a strange feeling so far. I think I will be delighted tonight,” he said. “But I'm very proud of the team, all we did in the race. We knew we had a good car but I think we were surprised at the beginning by how quick we were. And we chose a different strategy to Kimi. It turned out to be not too bad at the end.” TEAM ORDERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT AS LOTUS TAKE SECOND AND THIRD First double Lotus podium since 1979 28 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> BAHRAIN