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Kimi: Ferrari had no real chance of beating Mercedes

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari was never in realistic contention for victory in Sunday's British Grand Prix and concedes Mercedes was simply quicker.

Having been beaten to pole position by over 0.5s, Raikkonen was able to keep Lewis Hamilton within touching distance during the opening stint at Silverstone. Raikkonen's pace ultimately dropped in the latter stages as Hamilton opened up a comfortable buffer of over 10s, before the Finn suffered a dramatic front-left tyre delamination with four laps remaining.

After being forced to pit it looked as though Raikkonen would miss out on a deserved podium finish, until Ferrari teammate Vettel suffered a puncture -- also on his front left tyre -- promoting Raikkonen back up the order into third. Despite recording just his third rostrum appearance of the season, the 2007 world champion reckons second place would have been the maximum result the Scuderia could have achieved.

"We had a decent start but once we fell behind, we had no real chance to beat them," Raikkonen admitted. "We could have been second today but we did not really have the speed against Lewis. Obviously we have some work to be done."

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