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GP Week : Issue 159
2008 world champion Kimi Raikkonen was back on the podium for the first time in three races after securing second place in Valencia yesterday, despite lagging behind his team-mate for the duration of the weekend. The Finn took the flag six seconds behind race winner Alonso, but had the retirements of Vettel and team-mate Grosjean to thank for making it into the top three. After being boxed off by Maldonado at Turn 1, Raikkonen lost one place on the first lap, but he was able to gain some places during the pitstops to lie fourth with 20 laps to go. Grosjean’s retirement then promoted him to third, before he then overtook an ailing Lewis Hamilton to take second with three laps to go. Speaking after the race he said he didn’t have the speed to fight for the win, and had worn out his tyre too much trying to get past Hamilton to be able to mount a challenge on Alonso’s lead. “I just didn't have enough tyres [to try and win]. I had enough tyres to get past Hamilton the third-last lap. We didn't really have the speed to challenge for the win,” he said. “I got a good start but got blocked by Maldonado in the first right-hander and lost quite a few places because of that. I was a bit behind already at that point. We made a good recovery from that position.” Raikkonen’s podium finish consolidates his sixth place in the drivers’ championship, and keeps Lotus third in the constructors’ race, now just four points clear of Ferrari. After his disastrous qualifying dramas, the Aussie drove a strong and consistent race, following Michael Schumacher past a swathe of cars late in the race. “I’m very happy with that – obviously it’s been a tough weekend up until today, but you never know what’s going to happen. “In the middle of the race I wasn’t too happy and I didn’t really know what was going on. Then there was a bit of attrition at the front and the strategy worked out. We got it all working well today and we got some good points. “It was a crazy day today – but I got points, so I’m happy with that.” KIMI MAKES PODIUM RETURN WEBBER SALVAGES FOURTH – AND SECOND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP! 28 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> EUROPE