Kimi: So hard to overtake in Singapore

Lotus Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen is hoping to improve on Sunday's sixth place finish at the Singapore Grand Prix when the season shifts to Japan.

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The Japanese Grand Prix will beign in a fortnight's time at Suzuka.

Lotus F1:
Kimi Raikkonen: "After the result in qualifying today's [Sunday] race was not too bad, but I think we had a chance to do a bit better. We weren't quick enough to be fighting for the podium but the first safety car didn't help us and maybe we could have gained an extra place without that. We were definitely faster than Michael [Schumacher] and Nico [Rosberg] but we ended up stuck behind them for most of the race which was frustrating.

"It's so hard to overtake here that you have to rely on passing people in the pit stops or on someone making a mistake. I'm still third in the Drivers' Championship but we've got some improvements to make for the next races to be fighting with the cars in front. Hopefully we can make a step forward in Japan and take it from there."

Nico Rosberg: "Everything worked out well for me this evening for the first time in what feels like a long time! Finishing in fifth place having started in 10th is a pretty decent result and I'm happy to have picked up some good points for myself and the team. It's also nice to have stayed ahead of the two Lotus cars which I didn't expect before the race. Saving a fresh set of tyres in qualifying yesterday proved to be the right strategy as I had a good start and a strong first stint. Thanks to the team for that and for making the right calls in the race today [Sunday]. Now I'm looking forward to Japan and the opportunity to improve our new package further."

Michael Schumacher: "It was obviously a very unfortunate ending to my race this evening when I ran into the car of Vergne who accepted my apology straight afterwards. I am not totally sure why it happened like this; I was braking but the deceleration was not as strong as it usually would be, and I could not avoid running into the car in front of me. We have to find out what has happened. Up until then, I think it would have been possible to get some points this evening."

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "It's great to be back in the points again and it shows we have had a really good start to the second half of the season since the summer break. Even if we haven't always picked up the points, we have been fighting for them in the last few races. I am pleased about that. We benefited a bit from the Safety Car, but afterwards we had to fight off the guys behind us, so I am really happy with ninth place and I enjoyed having a fight with Mark (Webber) towards the end, even if I could not hold off Massa just before that. In the closing stages, I didn't look in the mirrors too much, but I just focussed on maintaining my lap times all the way to the flag."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "Our strategy worked very well and the Safety Car also played out in our favour. My pace was very good, lapping as quickly as the front runners, so it was much better than we had expected. Overall, I am very happy with the way this weekend went, because I personally made a lot of progress from Friday through to tonight [Sunday].

"The team also worked very well to improve the car throughout the three days. It's just a shame it did not end with the points for eighth or maybe even seventh place. As for the accident, I was focussing on catching Perez at that point, trying to brake late to catch him, so I am not too sure what happened exactly, but I assume Michael braked a bit too late and could not avoid running in to me. There is no sense in being angry about it, because these things happen in racing and even the most experienced driver on the grid can make mistakes! He said sorry and that's the end of it."

Sergio Perez: "For us this obviously was a difficult weekend. We were struggling a lot and we never had the pace. We tried everything, including split race strategies, but in the end points were not within reach today [Sunday]. I had some good battles but it was too difficult for me to overtake. We have to improve for the next race in Suzuka and I'm sure we will."

Kamui Kobayashi: "I had a bad start with a lot of wheelspin and then for a long time my race was eventless. I haven't been in a position to attack and I didn't have the pace to do so. After the second safety car deployment I couldn't avoid touching Nico Hulkenberg. There was no space to go. For me it was a race incident. Nico said sorry when we met after the race; apparently he had oversteer. I lost my front wing and had to pit. However, this wasn't a good weekend for us but I have complete confidence we will come back strong at the Japanese Grand Prix."

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