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4th place for Kimi at Suzuka
Sunday, 04 October 2009
Another strong race for Kimi Raikkonen in Japanese Grand Prix saw him finish in 4th place.

The Finn enjoyed an uneventful race to finish behind McLaren rival Lewis Hamilton, whose team is now just two points behind Ferrari with two races left.

Raikkonen admitted he was comfortable with his car today, but claimed it was lacking speed to beat Hamilton.

"Today the car wasn't bad, but it was not quick enough to fight for the podium," said Raikkonen. "This fourth place is useful in terms of keeping the team in third place in the Constructors' Championship, but it will be hard to hang onto it over the final two races. I will definitely do everything I can though.

"I was unable to make up places at the start, especially as the first corner is not that far from the start line and so I was unable to make the most of the KERS.

"In the first stint, when I was on hard tyres, the situation was a bit difficult, but then, once on the softs, things improved considerably.

"I managed to close on Heidfeld and pass him at the pit stop, even though, coming away from my stop, I found myself in traffic behind Button. Then there was not much to fight for to the end of the race."


Pos Driver Team Time

1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1h28:20.443

2. Trulli Toyota (B) + 4.877

3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 6.472

4. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) + 7.940

5. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) + 8.793

6. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) + 9.509

7. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) + 10.641

8. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) + 11.474

9. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) + 11.777

10. Alonso Renault (B) + 13.065

11. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) + 13.735

12. Fisichella Ferrari (B) + 14.596

13. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) + 14.959

14. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes (B) + 15.734

15. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) + 17.973

16. Grosjean Renault (B) + 1 lap

17. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) + 2 laps

Fastest lap: Webber, 1:32.569

Not classified/retirements:

Driver Team On lap

Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 58

Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 26

Glock Toyota (B) 15

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