Kimi Raikkonen complains final stop cost victory

Last Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:49

Nurburgring: Kimi Raikkonen believes he may not have required his final pit stop -- and that it could have cost him victory in Sunday`s German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

The Lotus driver stopped for a set of softs 10 laps from the finish and, despite reclaiming second from his team-mate Frenchman Romain Grosjean, he finished one second behind the victorious home hero German Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull.

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

"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 OK."

Raikkonen agreed with Vettel`s suggestion that the lead would have changed had the race been any longer.

"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."

AFP

First Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:51

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