Lotus ambassador Jean Alesi reflects on the Chinese Grand Prix…
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| Kimi Raikkonen slid from second to 14th in the closing laps – where did it all go wrong?
Well, first of all what a fantastic race. China was really thrilling right to the end, and it was thanks to the different tyre strategies the teams adopted. Kimi's strategy was quite optimistic, staying out on his third set of tyres. I was so shocked when he lost all those positions in just a couple of laps. He did a great job of keeping those cars behind him as long as he did, but suddenly there was a big drop-off of grip and when Sebastian Vettel got past, Kimi was forced to go off line and picked up the discarded rubber marbles. He had no chance to clean his tyres and everyone else passed him. Fernando Alonso suffered more or less the same thing, but there weren't so many cars behind him and he only lost a couple of places.
The two-stop strategy seemed to work better for Romain Grosjean, who rose from tenth to sixth…
Yes, he had good race pace. After his accidents in Australia and Malaysia he had to be more careful, he knew he needed to get to the end. I was quite happy with what he did, at a track he's never driven on before.
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A classic example of this is the current saga regarding the number of pit stops. Voices have been raised to underline the fact that various ....
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'It's always nice to come together at moments like this, but it's important not just because of the result pure and simpl....
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After qualifying third, Seb made a great start to pass Lewis Hamilton for second place and set about chasing down pole winner and leader Nico Rosberg. However, in his first stop Sebastian lost his position to Alonso and dropped back. Alonso soon passed Rosberg for the lead and....
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