F1 » Bahrain Grand Prix 2013: Raikkonen aims to challenge

Kimi Raikkonen hopes to fight for a first win in Bahrain to maintain his F1 title challenge

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dr46 - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 11:58 AM

One thing I noticed on Kimi's return to F1 is he has started giving a lot more press interviews. Perhaps Lotus has asked him to. Can't stand tractor mouth Boullier though.

tdog - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 2:42 PM

I wonder how the change of tire selection by Pirellis will affect the Lotus. In Oz and China with the softs, Lotus was terrific. In Malaysia, with just the medium and the hard, not so much.

Podium should be Alonso, Vettel and Kimi.

RW - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 3:07 PM

He's probably talking a bit more here as he does not have to do all the other PR work he had to in previous teams. If he's happy he tries harder. :)

JJJ - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 3:24 PM

Kimi went quite well in Bahrain last year (perhaps should have just went for it that one chance he got on Vettel) so IMO outside of accidents or mechanical failures I fully expect him on the podium.

It's important for him to get points on the board soon in the season as I expect RBR and Ferrari to develop the car more than Lotus over the year as we saw last year, so he needs as much as a buffer as he can get to still be a contender for the championship come the end of the year. Luckily for him he is already miles ahead of Grosjean even after three races so that shouldn't be a problem.

Matt - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 8:25 PM

The only problem here is the car. Ellison has told that the car needs to be just right or it doesent work properly, like in second race of the year where kimi had problems. Grosjean has said the same thing, telling he has no confidence in it because it all over tha place. Kimi has had the car setup right at two races. Grosjean has had bad setup in every race. Whe know Kimi is definetly up there, lets hope the car is as well.

Firestorm - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 12:23 AM

With the hot temperatures of Sakhir and the fast corners of Bahrain without to much straights I think that Raikkonen and Lotus are the favourites to win the 2013 Bahrain GP. At the moment Lotus is very well developed and they were terrific last year on this circuit. Their stronger opponents will be Red Bull and Ferrari. Behind them we will see a intriguing fight between Mercedes and McLaren. I think that we will have this order and I don't expext to much surprises, that's my opinion.

Anonymous - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 12:31 AM

@tdog I want to point out that the only reason why kimi didn't do so well on his tires in Malaysia was because he was constantly stuck in traffic. In my opinion, with the tires as a factor, on a good day, Lotus is one of if not the best car right now, as it can finish with 1 less pit stop than the rest of the field. Lets be honest, if his wing wasn't damaged from Perez rolling onto it in China, Alonso would not have been so relaxed at the end of the race, i can assure you.

bob - Unregistered

April 18, 2013 8:45 AM

"Bahrain Grand Prix 2013: Raikkonen aims to challenge"

No ****!

Jesus, must be a slow day at Crash!

Who'd have ever thought that an F1 driver, especially one only 3 points off the lead of the WDC, would be aiming to challenge at the next race???


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