Kimi Raikkonen says he decided not to put up a fight against a charging Fernando Alonso during the latter stages in Spain as it's "too easy to overtake".
Although Raikkonen stopped three times compared to Alonso's four, they appeared to be headed for a tight finish at the Circuit de Catalunya as they were running close to each other before their final stops.
However, the battle never took place as the Ferrari of Alonso eased past Raikkonen after he made his last stop and eventually finished more than nine seconds ahead of the Finn.
"Maybe halfway through, when we were leading, but we were on old tyres and [he had] newer tyres," Raikkonen said when asked if he thought that he could win the race.
"It is too easy to overtake, so no point to really fight again because you cannot hold him behind.
"I knew if I could somehow stay a bit closer, maybe I had some chance, even if I am already behind them with old tyres. But in the end, they were just too fast."
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel still leads the Championship with 89 points while Raikkonen is second with 85 with Alonso another 13 points behind.
Raikkonen admits he was disappointed to miss out on the win, but he is delighted that they are still keeping up with Vettel in the race for the title.
"We didn't have a good start, but I don't think the end result was decided there," he said. "It wasn't the win, and we are only happy with the win, but [in terms of the Championship] Vettel we are close and Fernando has caught me, but we are still in the hunt and hopefully we can try and win a bit more."