Lotus: The damage was done when Kimi was held up by Lewis

Lewis Hamilton versus Kimi Raikkonen at Nurburgring

Lewis Hamilton versus Kimi Raikkonen at Nurburgring

Kimi Raikkonen came ever so close to winning the German Grand Prix, but fell short of snatching victory from Sebastian Vettel on the final lap and the team’s trackside operations director Alan Permane blames Lewis Hamilton.

Speaking in the aftermath of a thrilling race at Nurburgring, Permane said, “The damage was done when Kimi was held up by Lewis [Hamilton] after his first pit stop, but he came back fighting at the end of the race to finish a very close second with a little help from the Safety Car.”

However the Lotus man did concede, “To be honest we did expect slightly more performance from his final set of soft tyres, but he was right with Sebastian at the end so I think the right call was made.”

Kimi Raikkonen on the podium with Sebastian Vettel after the German GP

Kimi Raikkonen on the podium with Sebastian Vettel after the German GP

“We’re very happy to be back on the podium again after a short spell of somewhat bleak races. Both cars ran faultlessly from start to finish and for a good portion of the race it did look like we would be able to take the fight to Sebastian [Vettel], but ultimately we didn’t quite manage it,” said Permane.

Raikkonen is now third in the championship, while Hamilton – who finished fifth on the day – is fourth in the standings. Vettel leads from Fernando Alonso. (GP247)

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