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Date published: June 16 2012

Kimi Raikkonen says qualifying will be “very, very important” in Valencia while Romain Grosjean is aiming for another podium…

Kimi Raikkonen says qualifying will be “very, very important” in Valencia while Romain Grosjean is aiming for another podium…

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Kimi Raikkonen
Q: What’s your view of the Canadian Grand Prix?
KR: It wasn’t a straightforward weekend for us, even though the result was not too bad in the end. It was cold on Friday for practice and we expected rain in the afternoon, so we ran a different programme. Then in qualifying on Saturday I had a hydraulic issue with my car meaning I qualified in twelfth position. In the race, I made up some places but we could have been a few positions higher up if things had gone differently. I got stuck behind slower cars for quite a long time and unfortunately when we made the pit stop we couldn’t quite get the jump on them. It’s a shame but that’s racing.

Q: How was the car in the race?
KR: The car was much better in the race for sure. The hydraulic issue was fixed and we didn’t see a return of that problem. Also, the race was much hotter than the days before and we have seen that the E20 works better when it’s warm. We’ve seen the car go well at another different circuit which is encouraging. Let’s hope this continues for Valencia.

Q: It looked like you were stuck in traffic at times in Montr