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GP Week : Issue 166
29 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MONZA 29 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen has climbed to third in the drivers’ championship despite a notably lacklustre weekend on-track for the Lotus team. The Finn’s run of three podium finishes in a row came to an end on Sunday, but fifth place was enough to leapfrog Red Bull’s Vettel and Webber, both of whom failed to finish. Like most other points-scorers, Raikkonen opted for a single-stop strategy, and reported no trouble with the tyres, but lamented his E20’s lack of pace on Monza’s never-ending straights. “It’s good to go into third position in the Drivers’ Championship but we lost some points to Fernando [Alonso] which is not ideal,” began Kimi. “It was a difficult weekend as we were too slow in a straight line, making it very difficult to hold off anyone and even with the DRS it was difficult to overtake the cars in front. “We did the one stop strategy and the tyres were fine. We came into the race looking for sixth or seventh so fifth is the maximum we could have done here this weekend.” On 141 points, Raikkonen lies just one point behind Lewis Hamilton in the standings and one point ahead of Sebastian Vettel, but 38 behind leader Alonso. RAIKKONEN UP TO THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP