Finn Kimi Raikkonen admitted that he was surprised by the speed of the Lotus E21 car at the Italian Grand Prix, after they did not find the right balance with the settings on Saturday.
Raikkonen started the race only from the sixth starting line, and the race was made more difficult by a collision in the first corner, where he planted Sergio Perez and injured his front wings. After a stop where his race car nose was replaced, he found himself completely at the start, almost a minute behind leader Sebastian Vettl. Despite the hopeless situation, Iceman did not give up. With a series of fastest laps in the race, he broke through to eleventh place, and to the tenth, which brings a point, he ended up running out of only half a second.
“It’s not just about the time we lost in the pits when we changed the nose of the race car. We lost a lot of time even after we broke through from the background, ”Raikkonen explained. "It simply came to our notice then. The race car was good, surprisingly good, considering where we finished on Saturday. Unfortunately, after the start we had, you can't do much. "
Romain Grosjean successfully defended Lewis Hamilton’s attacks in the final laps and finished the race in eighth place. "I think we have achieved what was possible in Monza and I hope that we will return to the level of competitiveness we had in Budapest in Singapore."