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.”

Former 5-time ALMS and Le Mans-winning team owner Dave Maraj killed in accident

Photo courtesy Dave Maraj Facebook page
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Well-known sports car team owner and automobile dealership owner Dave Maraj was killed Saturday night in a boating accident in Florida, according to SportsCar365.com.

Maraj’s Champion Racing teams won five consecutive American Le Mans Series championships from 2004 through 2008, and also captured the overall win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2005, the last American team to do so in the iconic sports car race.

IMSA President Scott Atherton released the following statement mourning Maraj’s passing:

Dave Maraj. Photo courtesy IMSA.

“All of us at IMSA are shocked and saddened by the news of Dave Maraj’s passing. As a team owner in the American Le Mans Series, Dave and his Champion Racing organization were the epitome of professionalism and excellence, as their five series championships and 24 Hours of Le Mans victory will attest.

“Dave was a tremendous competitor and a great friend to all in the paddock throughout his time in our sport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family and friends and to all of his associates at Champion Motors.”

Maraj was a very successful automobile dealership owner, most notably Champion Motors and Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, Florida, the latter considered the No. 1 Porsche dealer in the U.S.

Details of how Maraj died have not been released.

Maraj sold his racing operation after the 2008 season and devoted himself to his Porsche and Audi auto dealerships, as well as competitive sailing.