Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Kimi: No point in fighting Alonso

Sunday 12th May 2013

Share:

Kimi: No point in fighting Alonso

Kimi: No point in fighting Alonso

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."

Related Links
Spanish Joy As Fernando Wins At Home
Gallery: Race Day At Barcelona

Testing: Seb In A Bit Of Red, Max Crashes

Editor's Picks

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Gallery: Title Celebrations

Lewis, his family and Mercedes all celebrated the Brit's 2014 Drivers' Championship success in Abu Dhabi...

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Winners & Losers: Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton finally achieved the points difference that all his 2014 performances have justified...

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The 2014 Season In Numbers

The Championships both went to Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton securing the drivers. But who finished P6? Find out...

NTF1News: Disney Movie

NTF1News: Disney Movie

Among news items this week, tales of the Honey Badger, plus Disney's new movie about the engine row - Un-Frozen...

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Winners & Losers: Brazilian GP

Nico Rosberg kept his lock-ups to a minimum as Turn 4 came back to haunt Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos...