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'It was one of the easiest races' - Raikkonen

ESPNF1 Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen celebrates his 'easy' win © Sutton Images

Kimi Raikkonen said his win in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix was one of the easiest of his career.

The key to Raikkonen's victory was his two-stop strategy which gave him a vital edge over the other leading drivers who all opted to pit three times. "Our plan was to do two stops and though it's always difficult in the first races to know when to stop and not to, we got it exactly right. We followed the plan and it worked out perfectly. I could save the tyres and go fast if I needed.

"It was one of the easiest races I have done to win. Hopefully we can have many more of these races."

He had enough in hand to ease off towards the end to preserve his tyres, and as Fernando Alonso closed he upped his pace and set a new fastest lap.

"Fernando was catching me at some points when I was taking it a bit more easy and I had some traffic, so I just wanted to make sure that if the rain came or anything I had a bit more of a gap. It was a pretty nice race, not so difficult."

He said he was disappointed to only qualify in seventh and admitted he had "taken it a bit too easy … it wasn't ideal but it was still ten places better than last year".

But typically he refused to get carried away. "It feels good but it's only one race so it doesn't really change our aim or our work. We're happy with he win and there's a lot still to do to try to win the championship."

Raikkonen takes the chequered flag © Sutton Images