Raikkonen: Win not possible from higher grid spot

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Kimi Raikkonen doubts he could have won the Korean Grand Prix even if he’d started from a higher grid position.

Raikkonen finished second having qualified ninth in Korea but doubted he would have enjoyed a better result from further up on the grid.

“Even it we would have started behind [Vettel], we still don’t have the speed of him,” he said after the race.

“Not far off from him in the race with a little bit from all the tires but I mean it’s so difficult to overtake if you’re not massively faster. So, I think that was pretty OK what we did today.”

Raikkonen said the appearance of the Safety Car aided his cause. It was on track for nine laps during his final 30-lap stint.

“It maybe helped a bit in the end because my front tire was in quite a bad way, it kind of ran out of the rubber in the end,” he said. “So I couldn’t go much longer any more – but obviously that’s the part of racing. Sometimes it helps you a bit.”

“You have to react and do what you think is the right thing and sometimes certain things help you,” he added. “My front tire was pretty done in the end but we finished the race in a pretty good position.”

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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