Kimi Raikkonen
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Sunday, 18 March 2018
Sunday, 14 May 2006
gpreport.jpgTeam McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth in today's 66-laps Spanish Grand Prix. Juan Pablo Montoya retired from the race on lap 18 after spinning at turn two and getting stuck on the kerb. Kimi was on a two-stop- strategy and made his pit stops on laps 22 (7.9 seconds) and 46 (7.6 seconds). Kimi remains third in the Drivers' ranking with 27 points and Juan Pablo is seventh with 15 points. Team McLaren Mercedes holds third place in the Constructors' Championship with 42 points. The team will test this coming week at the Paul Ricard track in France with all four drivers sharing the work load.


"A rather uneventful race for me. I made a good start where I managed to get up from ninth to fifth and that was all the progress I was able to make. It was simply not possible to keep up with the Renaults and the Ferraris this weekend and we will spend the time before the Monaco Grand Prix looking at ways to improve."


"I made a dreadful start off the line and lost three or four places but managed to gain some ground again in the first corner to end up 11th. Then I don't know quite what happened but I lost the car and got stuck on the kerb and that was it. The strategy we were running meant that I carried a lot of fuel and I think with the ways things were looking we could have scored some points today. Overall a difficult weekend for us but we will continue testing this week and then look forward to the Monaco Grand Prix.".


"A difficult weekend for us where despite a good drive by Kimi, we were only able to achieve fifth place. The whole team is working hard to improve the package to increase our performance in the coming races."


"To be the third team behind Renault and Ferrari again and the gap to the leaders is a disappointment that we have to change. Kimi made a perfect start to improve from ninth to fifth but the overall pace of his car was not fast enough and he delivered what was possible today. Juan Pablo was on a one stop strategy but he spun out of a possible points result the cause of which we will investigate. Our attention is now on improving our technical package during the next races."

Pos Driver Constructor Race Time
1 Fernando Alonso Renault 1h26m21.758
2 Michael Schumacher Scuderia Ferrari +18.5 secs
3 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault +23.9 secs
4 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari +29.8 secs
5 Kimi Raikkonen Team McLaren Mercedes +56.8 secs
6 Jenson Button Honda Racing +58.3 secs
7 Rubens Barrichello Honda Racing +1 lap
8 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber +1 lap
9 Mark Webber Williams F1 +1 lap
10 Jarno Trulli Toyota +1 lap
11 Nico Rosberg Williams F1 +1 lap
12 Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber +1 lap
13 Christian Klien Red Bull Racing +1 lap
14 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing +1 lap
15 Tonio Luizzi Toro Rosso +1 lap
16 Tiago Monteiro MF1 Racing +3 laps
17 Takuma Sato Super Aguri +4 laps
Fastest Lap: 1:16:648 - Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
Comments: Once again, excellent driving by Kimi but his car is not up to par. 5th place was the best he could do. If it wasn 't for his brave start, Kimi would probably have finished even lower. Montoya was a joke.
McLaren are reliable, but they really need to up their game. And fast. They are way behind Renault and Ferrari right now and Honda are catching them up. That is not the way to convince Kimi to stay.
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