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Kimi Raikkonen may have dropped a place to third in the championship but he can take some respite in equalling Michael Schumacher’s record points-scoring run at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Dogged by issues with his car and a poor pit stop, the Finn finished the race in ninth place and collected two points, equalling the milestone set by the seven-time world champion.
Schumacher’s run had started from the Hungarian GP in 2001 and ended in Malaysia two years later, and in that period never finished lower than sixth in any of the races.
In Raikkonen’s run, he had finished between seventh and tenth places on six occasions, including in Canada.
"I don’t care about that. I care about scoring the points, but not about any records," Raikkonen said in an interview on the team's website.
With a mere three points in the last two races, Raikkonen is 44 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who won the Canadian GP. Lotus, meanwhile, dropped to fourth in the constructors’ championship, with Mercedes 20 points ahead in third.
“My race didn’t start very well and then my brakes were fading with the pedal going soft; similar to the problem we had on Friday," Raikkonen said. "It wasn’t ideal but at least the brakes were good enough to slow me down for the corners.
"Unfortunately though it meant I lost a lot of time and wasn’t able to attack, plus we lost a few seconds in the pit stop which obviously didn’t help either," he continued. "Most of my race was just following the cars in front and defending from those behind, so not the most enjoyable day nor the most enjoyable result.
"It’s been a bad weekend, but at least we scored a few points," he summed up.
Teammate Romain Grosjean, who had a poor qualifying and had started last as a result of a penalty, finished 13th.