Raikkonen’s tyres gamble fails to produce points for Lotus

17th April 2012

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen may have to wait a little long for a return to the Formula One podium after his team's bold tyres gamble backfired on the Finn.

Raikkonen, who is making his return to the sport following a three year exile, had hoped for a better result from the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

After all, Raikkonen has enjoyed a solid record at the Far East circuit, having previously won the event as a driver for Ferrari back in 2007.

However, despite climbing to as high as fourth in the race, ultimately a bold tyre strategy from Lotus back fired with the car's second set of compounds failing to last until the end of the race.

Speaking afterwards, Lotus' director of trackside operations Alan Permane admitted the strategy had failed.

“Ten laps before the end of the race, Kimi's tyres were nearing the end of their life and unfortunately he got on the marbles when Sebastian passed," he said.

Although the Finn was outside of the points at the event though, Mr Permane remained adamant that the strategy could have worked.

"We'll dissect the data and see if a three stop would have been better for us, but everything before the race suggested a two-stop was the way to go,” Permane insisted.

Raikkonen will soon get an opportunity to make amends though with this weekend seeing the drivers compete at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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