Neither Lotus driver happy with their results at Chinese Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen takes to the podium in China for Lotus. Photo: Glenn Dunbar

Kimi Raikkonen takes to the podium in China for Lotus. Photo: Glenn Dunbar - Credit: Archant

Kimi Räikkönen took his second podium finish of the season with a strong second for Hethel-backed Lotus in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

Lotus tend to Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus E21 in the Shanghai pits. Photo: Andrew Ferraro

Lotus tend to Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus E21 in the Shanghai pits. Photo: Andrew Ferraro - Credit: Archant

Despite a rearranged nose and front wing – courtesy of contact with Sergio Perez's McLaren – Kimi fought back after a poor start from the front row of the grid.

Romain Grosjean endured a more difficult race, with ninth place his reward at the chequered flag.

Kimi keeps up his run of consecutive points finishes and retains second in the drivers' championship on 49 points; three behind leader Sebastian Vettel. The team fell one place to third in the constructors' championship on 60 points, with Ferrari now ahead on 73 points.

'Second wasn't quite what we wanted, but in the circumstances it was the best that we could managed,' said Räikkönen. 'I'm not 100pc happy because we didn't win, but it is what it is and second place is a good result after a bad start and the incident with Sergio.

'It was quite difficult out there; obviously the car is not designed like that otherwise we would use it all the time, but I was surprised how good it was still. Of course there were some handling issues which was not ideal, but we just had to try to live with it and we still had pretty OK speed.'

Grosjean added: 'I'm definitely not happy with ninth; we started P6 and thought we had a good chance to end up within the top five, but unfortunately we could not manage it.

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'I did as much as I could, but I couldn't get the performance I wanted and being in traffic of course affects this. It was good to score some points for the team, but I want more in Bahrain for sure.'

The F1 grid moves to Bahrain this weekend.

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