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Kimi Raikkonen became the first driver in Formula 1 to score points in 25 consecutive races after he finished fifth at the British Grand Prix on Sunday, but that gave him little comfort as the Finn lamented a lost opportunity.
The Lotus driver was in sight of claiming a podium position at Silverstone but a late safety car period and the team’s failure to call its driver for a fresh set of tyres at the time saw Raikkonen losing positions.
"We had an easy P2. I asked the team whether we ought to change the tyres and they said 'no'... absolutely the wrong call," Raikkonen told Sky Sports F1. "Not my fault this time."
With a tenth and ninth place in the previous two races, Raikkonen’s grip on the title hunt is slowly fading away. His only respite was that championship leader Sebastian Vettel retired at the British GP.
The result at Silverstone was the 2007 world champion’s 36th consecutive race finish – 28th consecutive with Lotus – which was topped by the new record.
When asked whether that statistic provided him with any consolation, he replied bluntly, “No.”