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Kimi Raikkonen’s biggest problem during the Bahrain Grand Prix was not whether his tyres would last enough or whether he had adequate downforce on his car.
Lotus issued a statement after the race stating that the Finn suffered from an allergic reaction before he started the Grand Prix, in which he finished second, 9.1 seconds behind the leading Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel.
"Allergies strike him three to four times a year," Raikkonen's trainer Mark Arnall told Turun Sanomat. "There's no information where it came from just before the race.
"It mainly affects the skin and is not quite so bad on the eyes," he explained.
Although he has never won the Bahrain GP in his eight attempts, Raikkonen however has the most number of podiums registered at the Sakhir circuit, adding a sixth to his tally on Sunday.
“Second is obviously better than third place but we haven’t won and that’s what we try to do,” he said.”We got good points, we didn’t lose too many to Sebastian but obviously it doesn’t help to finish second if he’s winning all the time.”
Raikkonen, who admitted that the Lotus didn’t have the speed to challenge Vettel in Bahrain, is second in the drivers’ championship trailing the German by ten points.
The two were joined by Romain Grosjean on the podium, in third, despite the Frenchman’s first pit stop conducted earlier than anticipated due to track debris in the form of a McLaren front wing end-plate being scooped up by his right-hand-side radiator intake.