The race was chaotic for Kimi for all the wrong reasons. A bad start put him in the pack and in his exuberance to pass cars led to an uncharacteristic error and a collision with Sergio Perez, leading to a bit of damage to the Lotus front wing.
Whether this affected the overall pace Kimi needed to challenge for the win we’ll never know, but he made the mistake in trying to pass on the outside with very little room. He’s developed this habit of heading wide while behind a car – doing so hustled Fernando Alonso out of the Japanese Grand Prix last year too.
All in all a solid result, and with Bahrain coming up – where he nearly took the victory last season – the signs are still looking good for a run at the title. If only he’d smile about it.