Raikkonen rues fuel economy run to distant P4

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen felt anything like an F1 driver after limping his way to a distant fourth in the last round of the world championship in Abu Dhabi.

The Finn salvaged a spot just outside the podium despite the threat of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull inching closer in the closing stages of a race in which the Ferrari driver took no pleasure.

“To be honest, the whole race was pretty much fuel-saving, trying to hold the guy behind and save enough fuel to be legal at the end,” Raikkonen said.

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“Nothing to do with racing, really. Unfortunately that’s the rules. Some circuits it’s like this, and it’s not really fun.”

Raikkonen considered he had a good car on Sunday but under-performed compared to team mate Sebatsian Vettel who finished almost 25 seconds up the road.

“We had a decent car, but when it’s like this there’s nothing to do with the car,” said the Finn.

“Rules are rules, it just doesn’t feel like racing really, we’re just trying to use the amount of fuel we are allowed, and cruise every lap.”

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