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Kimi: Third stop probably unnecessary

Sunday 07-July-2013 16:24

Kimi Raikkonen believes he may well have made it to the end of the German Grand Prix without a third stop.

The Lotus driver was leading at the Nurburgring with just over 10 laps still to go, but the team told him to box for a third and final time as they switched to soft tyres.

The late visit to the pits saw him drop to third place behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean, but he managed to overtake his Lotus team-mate Grosjean with only five laps to go. He then went charging after Vettel, but he couldn't quite catch the German and had to settle for second place.

Raikkonen, though, feels he may not have needed the final stop.

"I could run longer and we had to think about if we should try to run until the end," he said.

"But I had massive problem with the radio. I could hear the team but they couldn't hear me, apart from at two corners.

"I wonder if we should have gone to the end as the tyres were okay."

Raikkonen found himself less than one second behind Vettel during the last two laps, but he couldn't pull it off.

"It's hard to know what would have happened in the next two laps," said the Finn.

"We had good speed. I think we would have had a big fight anyhow and probably passed him.

"We tried everything we had and failed to win, but I think for the team we had a good race. We'll keep trying."

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