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Raikkonen: We must make improvements for next races

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...

Kimi Raikkonen has said Lotus has 'got' to make a step forward in the coming races, if they are to fight it out at the very front with the likes of Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari.

Raikkonen had to settle for twelfth in qualifying on Saturday in Singapore and while he did battle back through on race day and eventually finished in sixth, one place in front of his team-mate, Romain Grosjean, who let him by, he felt he had still been held up by Mercedes duo Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.

Furthermore while P6 overall was enough to keep the Finn third in the drivers' championship, with Fernando Alonso finishing third, Raikkonen lost further ground to the Ferrari pilot. Indeed he is now 45 points adrift with six races to go.

“After the result in qualifying today's race was not too bad, but I think we had a chance to do a bit better,” Raikkonen said. “We weren't quick enough to be fighting for the podium but the first safety car didn't help us and maybe we could have gained an extra place without that.

“We were definitely faster than Michael and Nico but we ended up stuck behind them for most of the race which was frustrating.

“It's so hard to overtake here that you have to rely on passing people in the pit stops or on someone making a mistake.

“I'm still third in the Drivers' Championship but we've got some improvements to make for the next races to be fighting with the cars in front. Hopefully we can make a step forward in Japan and take it from there.”

Lotus trackside operations director, Alan Permane meanwhile reckoned qualifying was the reason again for their woe.

“It hasn't been a great weekend for us, so to salvage sixth and seventh is something of a result in the circumstances. We took a gamble with Kimi's second stop, but he was caught by the safety car coming out as he left the pit lane. We certainly didn't have the pace to challenge the front runners today and after a difficult qualifying session it was difficult to get through the field.

“It's clear we need to do a better job in qualifying to enable us to achieve better race results,” he added.



Tagged as: Kimi Raikkonen , Singapore , Lotus

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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.

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.



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