Monday, May 12, 2008


Sunday 11th May 2008

Kimi Raikkonen was happy with his third-place finish at the Turkish Grand Prix after a problematic race weekend.

The Finn made a poor start on Friday when he picked up a gearbox problem and also didn't have the best of time during Saturday's qualifying.

To compound problems, the Ferrari driver's front wing was damaged during a collision with McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen on the opening lap in Turkey.

"I think it wasn't the best qualifying for me, and maybe our weakest point," Raikkonen said.

"We had a bit more fuel than the others, that is the reason (we were slow) but also the lap was not as good as we wanted. It all started on Friday when we had a problem.

"We had a difficult weekend and I'm happy to be third. I didn't lose too many points. We'll see what we can do in the next few races.

"I didn't have a very good start.

"I got alongside (Kovalainen) under braking and got inside and tried to slow down. He turned in a bit and we touched. I broke the front wing and he got a puncture. It is racing.

"We chose to use the front wing all race as it takes too long to change it. It was difficult weekend but at least we got some points."

But despite finishing third, Raikkonen maintains his lead in the Drivers' Standings. The Finn has a seven point lead over team-mate Felipe Massa and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

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