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MOTORSPORT: Raikkonen salutes rival Vettel
5:51pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Sport
Kimi Raikkonen admitted Sebastian Vettel was just too quick as he finished behind Red Bull’s title leader in Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix.
Vettel dominated at Yeongam to move to the brink of a fourth consecutive world championship.
Raikkonen’s teammate Romain Grosjean was third to complete a good day for the Enstone-based Lotus team.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, could finish only sixth and Vettel will take the title in Japan this Sunday if he wins with Alonso lower than eighth.
Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg was fourth with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in fifth. “Second place is OK and a good result for the team, but we’re here to win,” said Raikkonen, who moved up to third in the standings as result.
“And having to fight your way to the front from a bad starting position (ninth in qualifying) is not ideal.
“Sebastian was faster than us at the end; not massively, but a little bit for sure and his tyres were fresher too.
“So I think it would have been tough to catch him in any case. “We were closer to the Red Bull than we have been in some races, but not close enough.”
1 S Vettel 272pts, 2 F Alonso 195, 3 K Raikkonen 167, 4 L Hamilton 161, 5 M Webber 130, 6 N Rosberg 122, 7 F Massa 89, 8 R Grosjean 72.
1 Red Bull 402pts, 2 Ferrari 284, 3 Mercedes 283, 4 Lotus 239, 5 McLaren 81.