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.”
Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.
Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.
“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”
Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”