Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Kimi Raikkonen feels he's proved people wrong with US GP F1 win

Kimi Raikkonen feels he's proved people wrong with US GP F1 win

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport and Lewis Hamilton went on to win four straight races leading up to the United States Grand Prix and now hold a seventy-eight point lead in the constructors' race and a seventy point advantage in the drivers' championship.

" [We] just made it so hard for ourselves - we came out, I had to catch Kimi, caught him and [the] tyres were dead, and then he did his stop and was catching me with fresh tyres, and then I came out after the last stop and had the 12 seconds to catch up".

But Hamilton lost the lead to Raikkonen as soon as the race started, with the Ferrari taking the lead from the start, but seemed to be back on track for the title as Vettel spun whilst jousting with Ricciardo and dropped right down the pack. Wish there had been a few more laps in the end! "We were on pole position, same straightforward approach going throughout the weekend but in strategy they were talking about different scenarios as we do every weekend but there's a different feeling, for sure, with the performance and decisions that were taken today as opposed to previous races but I don't think we needed to make any changes". I didn't know. If that was me and Seb, for example, I would have been a lot more tighter and more aggressive if we were fighting for the championship, but there was no need.

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"I naturally thought we would have been able to do better", Hamilton sighed after the finish of the race at the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday. "I am not sure about the reasoning for the early stop".

"It's been a great weekend, the vehicle has been good all weekend".

"Once we had done the stop on [lap] 11, I knew we would be doing two".

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Though Vettel still recovered to finish fourth, Hamilton's third place means that he will be confident of finishing the title race in Mexico. "In the championship, the numbers are against us, but we will knuckle down and fight all the way to the end, just as we did today".

Kimi Raikkonen has dismissed suggestions that his Austin win shows he should have been kept by Ferrari, insisting he is excited by "different challenges" post-2018. He has not won a grand prix since the Belgian Grand Prix in August and now needs to win the remaining three races and hope title rival Lewis Hamilton scores less than five points in the same period.

"It's a shame because this year, the Maranello team has been able to give him a really competitive auto - right from the start of the season".

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