Kimi Raikkonen content with second place for Lotus at 2013 Bahrain GP

Finn and team-mate Grosjean recover from qualy setbacks to podium

Last Updated: 21/04/13 6:47pm

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Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean share the Bahrain Grand Prix podium with Sebastian Vettel

Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean share the Bahrain Grand Prix podium with Sebastian Vettel

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Kimi Raikkonen admitted Lotus were never in the race for victory as they settled for second and third place behind Sebastian Vettel in the Bahrain GP.

The Finn claimed his third podium of the season when he trailed in behind the dominant Red Bull of Vettel at the Sakhir circuit with his team-mate Romain Grosjean third.

It was a major improvement for Lotus after a poor qualifying session saw Raikkonen set the ninth-fastest time with Grosjean in 10th place.

But the 33-year-old believes he would still have struggled to match Vettel for pace even if he had qualified higher up the grid.

"I think overall we did not have the speed to beat Red Bull this weekend," he said.

"On Saturday we could have been a few places higher but we could not have challenged their speed at the front.

"So it was a good result. We got good points and didn't lose too many to Seb."

Raikkonen and Paul di Resta, who finished fourth, were the only drivers who stopped just twice on Sunday and the Finn says Lotus pretty much settled on that strategy when they got to the track.

"Qualifying wasn't ideal, but we already planned on Friday to try to do two stops because it felt okay," he said.

"Today it worked well. We gained a lot of places.

"I didn't have a great start or first or second lap. But after that, the car started to come to me and I could start pushing more and more."

A relieved Grosjean added: "It's great to be back on the podium and it's a fantastic result for the team.

"It hasn't been an easy start to the season for me, but we made good progress through the weekend and are now back to where we should be.

"I felt much more comfortable in the car and the result today is a deserved reward for everyone after all our hard work."

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