Kimi Raikkonen had to contend with a faulty radio as he tried to chase down German Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel but the Lotus driver was far happier than his Mercedes counterparts after they flopped in the team’s home race.
The Finn made a late switch of tyres in a bid to prevent the world champion and current leader from winning his home race for the first time but came up just short on Sunday.
Vettel recognised that he might have been overtaken had the race gone two laps longer but that was no comfort for Raikkonen, whose team is again overperforming after nine of 19 races with the 2007 world champion third in the standings and 41 points behind the German.
“Unfortunately today there was quite a lot to discuss and it didn’t work,” he told fans of his struggles to work out when to pit with a faulty radio.
“I had massive problems with the radio. I could hear them but they couldn’t hear me.”
Raikkonen is in the running to replace the retiring Australian Mark Webber at Vettel’s champion Red Bull team next year but the 33-year-old wants success now in his inconsistent Lotus.
“[The result] is good for the team, not so good for my championship,” he said, with team mate Romain Grosjean finishing third.
Team boss Eric Boullier said it was “first place lost” and Lotus definitely had the fastest car. (Reuters)
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