to The side of his partner of box, Kimi Räikkönen had a quiet race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. The Finnish was a good start and though the pace was positive, the mounts of medium tyres after his first stop he mortgaged his options due to the lack of grip, all a hallmark of the Ferrari single-seater. All in all, Räikkönen held a nice battle with Nico Hülkenberg to reach the sixth position, although the fight between the two at turn 4 ended with a spinning top pilot of the Force India to avoid the contact between the two cars.
“To be honest, not had the best grip on the rear”.
“My output was not very bad and the truth is that we had a quite good pace” explained Räikkönen before assert: “After the first stop I had to get something to grip with the media, so we think that maybe we should try to get back on track with a new set of the same tyres in order to improve our pace”.
however, the situation did not improve for the Finnish in the final part of the race: “To be honest, not had the best grip on the rear. However, it is the first time I rode these tires, and maybe this is their normal behavior”.
all in all, Räikkönen recognizes that you may have failed in the strategy and that the media were not the best choice to compete in the always complex Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez: “I Think that a posteriori it’s easy to say that probably assemble the media was not appropriate, but in any case I’m glad I tried”. To conclude, the finn was referring to his maneuver to the limit with Hülkenberg at turn 4: “it has Not been easy to pass Hülkenberg. It is difficult when you approach a car and do not have grip. I don’t know if we come to play, only saw him trompear by the mirrors“.
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