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Kimi Raikkonen finally managed to beat teammate Fernando Alonso for the first time this season when he finished the Belgian Grand Prix in fourth place, in what was his best result in the current championship.
Ahead of the weekend at Spa, where Raikkonen has four times, the Finn was the only driver on the grid who had failed to finish ahead of his teammate in a race.
"We had decided to tackle this race more aggressively,” said Raikkonen, who started eighth. “We knew it would not be easy on this circuit, but we did our utmost and for the first time, we managed to have a clean race without any problems.”
Raikkonen’s previous best result of the season was sixth, which came at the preceding race in Hungary, suggesting that he may be slowly returning to form.
“The car has improved,” he pointed out.
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Alonso finished seventh, his second worst result this year, but ensured that he remained the only driver who has finished in the points in every race this season.
"My race started on the back foot as the car did not fire up and we had to use another battery,” Alonso said. “It’s a shame because we had a strong pace all weekend and, starting fourth, we could have finished on the podium. With a penalty to take and on a circuit where top speed is our weak point, we knew we didn’t stand much of a chance.
"Unfortunately, towards the end there was some rather questionable driving and after my front wing was damaged in a coming together with (Sebastian) Vettel, the important thing was to get to the chequered flag.
“I know the stewards acted on what happened, but I don’t think it’s that important when you are fighting for sixth and seventh places.”