F1 » Raikkonen: Lotus must make improvements


Kimi Raikkonen: After the result in qualifying today's race was not too bad, but I think we had a chance to do a bit better...

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garth - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 5:14 PM

kimi has problem too maximize his car and that s not for alonso. he really needs support from his team to give a way for himself to maximize his car. i think he almost the same with hayden in moto gp dificult to find his motor best setting.

Taz

September 24, 2012 6:02 PM

@blublz

Was thinking exactly the same thing when I heard his pre-race interview. You'd dismiss the comments with most drivers as they'd stay in F1 as long as they can (De La Rosa springs to mind) but that guy doesn't give a f**k and will go and do something else if he's bored.

It's part of what makes him so different.

blah - Unregistered

September 24, 2012 6:13 PM

Looks like the other teams were right in not developing their own double DRS system. Seems like a waste of time so far. Didn't they also skip using their high downforce wing they brought for Singapore, because it was raining in FP1? Thats 3? wasted races for developing DDRS and 1 fo the high downforce wing. Bring some parts you can actually use next time.

I also don't understand why they didn't use DDRS on d'Ambrosio's car at Monza. Why not use that as a test session?

107SS2009

September 24, 2012 6:42 PM

The thing as it has been called (DDRS PASSIVE) is one of those things that on paper looks like magic but to make it work in a safe way is not easy at all, apart from that this is something that will have to be tuned for each (most of the tracks) separately something which is easier said than done.

107SS2009

September 24, 2012 8:25 PM

150 mph was mentioned as the best speed for it to operate, and I don't think there is a track that 150 mph cannot be reached, I will explain, first of all this is a passive system which means it can be operated anywhere on a lap, but being passive also means you cannot stop it operating when you don't want it too, the system changes air direction at a preset (calibrated) volume and pressure of air, Lotus were mentioning the 150 mph mark, when change of air direction takes place air will be channelled to the lower of the rear wing elements and reduce the drag on that element, the problem is there are a lot of corners that are taken at 150 mph and over and rounding a corner and eliminating one rear wing elements just doesn't go together.

Iceman - Unregistered

September 25, 2012 6:05 AM

@garth Friend i think you are seeing Raikkonen for the first time, to consider Kimi to Hayden is really shows you ave little understanding. You said Alonso maximize and Kimi doesn't. As far as I see only difference between them is Alonso+Luck and Raikkonen-Luck otherwise both of them would have pretty same record.

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