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Lotus throws away chance of victory: Raikkonen faster than Vettel

Lotus throws away the chance of victory
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D as Lotus got itself into it. Kimi Raikkonen would have been a candidate for victory in Monza. Lotus didn't understand that until after the race. In the end, Lotus tried out the car with the long wheelbase with the experiment on Friday and scored an own goal.

On Saturday night, the E21 was downgraded to the standard version for fear of excessive tire wear. Raikkonen had wasted practically the whole of Friday with a car that had completely different characteristics from its later emergency vehicle.

Kimi only had limited access to the data from Romain Grosjean. The two Lotus pilots drive too differently for that. The receipt was given in the qualification. Raikkonen and Grosjean complained of loss of grip and ended up outside the top ten.

In 52 laps, Vettel is only 1.1 seconds faster

From the eleventh starting position there was a crash in the programmed for the first round of Monza. The fact that Raikkonen drove into Sergio Perez's McLaren, he has to take on his cap. Those who start in Monza for the eleventh time should know that there will be a traffic jam in the first corner and that evasive maneuvers can occur in the braking zone.

Räikkönens Lotus lost the front wing. The due pit stop took 30.975 seconds from entry to exit. 6.7 seconds longer than the best stop of the day. At the end of the second lap, Raikkonen was in last place. His gap to Vettel was 37.557 seconds. 52 laps later, the fourth place in the World Championship finished in eleventh 38.695 seconds behind the winner.

Räikkönen had to overtake seven cars

Vettel was 1.138 seconds faster, but the comparison lags. Vettel always had free travel. Raikkonen practically never. He plowed his way through the field twice. First from 21st to 5th, and after his regular pit stop from 14th to 11th.

The Finn had to overtake seven opponents on the track: Max Chilton, Jules Bianchi, Giedo van der Garde, Valtteri Bottas, Esteban Gutierrez, Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez.

Overtaking maneuvers in Monza are almost as difficult as on Hungaroring. Sometimes you have to do two laps behind a Caterham. Or four behind Sutil. Even more, if like Raikkonen you had to drive with a limited Kers reserve due to charging problems. Thereforehe was able to use the softer tires in two of the three stints.

Raikkonen wins 33:20 against Vettel

In 33 of the 53 rounds Raikkonen was faster than Vettel. Still there were no points. For the second time in a row. 'In the race the car was surprisingly good,' said Raikkonen with astonishment.

Chief Engineer Alan Permane couldn't believe it: 'We have no idea what went wrong in qualifying. In the race we have a second behind Vettel lost and won four on Alonso. That shows where we could have been if we had started further ahead. ' One possible explanation for the lotus miracle in the race. On Sunday, the cooler weather shifted the car's balance in a positive direction.


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