GP d’India, commenti post gara–27/10/2013
Indian GP: Raikkonen hampered by overheating brakes
Kimi Raikkonen said his Indian Grand Prix was hampered throughout by overheating brakes even before his tyres faded.
A one-stop strategy brought the Finn up to third in the closing stages despite his issues.
But after losing three positions in quick succession, he made a late pitstop for fresh tyres and finished seventh.
"I did the first 20 laps with hardly any brakes on the car," he said.
"They overheated massively and every time I got close to somebody I lost the brakes.
"In the end we lost the tyres too. It’s very disappointing."
Raikkonen and his Lotus team had a blunt radio exchange as his team-mate Romain Grosjean closed in on him late on.
After resisting Grosjean’s first passing attempt, Raikkonen eased off and let him pass.
"It’s normal to move out of the way, but you can’t do it in a fast corner," he said when quizzed about the argument.
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Grosjean’s tyres were in much better shape as he gained on Raikkonen by two seconds per lap in the closing stages as they fought for third.
The Frenchman was held out wide in his first passing bid, leading to a profanity-laced radio exchange in which the team urged Raikkonen to "get out of the way" while the Finn objected to being "shouted at" in fast corners. He subsequently moved aside.
Asked if Raikkonen should have moved aside immediately, team boss Eric Boullier replied: "They are free to race each other.
"It’s true that we maybe expected a little bit of an easier manoeuvre, let’s say.
"You are never happy when you see both cars fighting and one car going off so you just make sure everything is going in the team interest."
Boullier believes the team now needs to sit down with the duo to discuss the situation.
"I’m going to speak to both of them in Abu Dhabi," he said.
"We are working for these guys to deliver, but there is a team behind them and you always have to think about the team.
"If Kimi’s tyres would not have dropped off he would have been on the podium. We let them race, which is normal, but the tyres dropped off and we tried to save the maximum number of points for Kimi.
"We had the fear of the tyres dropping off for Romain. We had an engine issue as well when we had to switch off everything to make sure the engine would last to the end.
"There was a lot of stress behind which is not always easy to manage."
Though Boullier said he understood Raikkonen’s stance, he thought the situation in India should have been handled better.
"Kimi is a competitor. He is racing everybody and I can understand this," said Boullier.
"But when you are racing in certain conditions, you are racing and I am fine with that. When the tyres are dropping off and you are two seconds off the pace against your team-mate you try not to make a drama of this."
Kimi Räikkönen Believes Strategy Gamble Was Worth the Risk
A tough afternoon for our Iceman saw him stuck in traffic, battling brake issues and foiled at the last by a strategy call falling just short of success. A sterling effort from the Finn to take P7; here’s his view of events…
How was your race?
We ran maybe the first twenty laps with no brakes as they had overheated, so every time I got close to somebody I lost braking. At the end of the race I ran out of tyre performance too so it’s been a pretty disappointing day.
What was the strategy?
We started the race knowing that a one stop strategy could be possible if you did a longer first stint on the soft tyres. Ours wasn’t so long, but when I got stuck behind [Nico] Hulkenberg later in the race we decided to try and make it a one stop. Unfortunately It didn’t work.
How difficult was it to battle when your tyre performance was dropping away?
I knew the tyres would drop off quite quickly, but you still try to race. Once I had lost the places I could make an extra stop without losing any more which meant I finished where I would have done anyway, so it was worth the risk. We tried to get on the podium with a one stop strategy, but in the end it didn’t work.