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Lotus avoids repeat of Shanghai tyre woe

“It was just a bit too much understeery, and it was destroying the front tyres because of that, but we could still fight for second place,” he said, “For sure, without the damage, we could have been quite a bit faster.

“There's no way to tell or not how much the front wing damage affected the whole race. Obviously, the car is not designed [to run] like that, so it's not going to help, but I cannot tell you if it's a tenth or half a second per lap. I was surprised how good the car was, even with quite a lot of damage. It was unfortunate, but I think we also have to be a bit lucky not to lose more. I could still overtake people.”

Asked whether he thought Fernando Alonso's victory, achieved without significant problems from either tyre compound, signalled a shift in power from Red Bull to Ferrari, Raikkonen insisted that F1 remained as unpredictable as it had been at round one.

“As Fernando said, from race to race, one team is a little bit stronger and the next race is a bit of a different story,” he concluded, “I think all four teams are close to each other, so whoever gets it best on Sundays and Saturdays will win. It will be interesting...”




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14.04.2013- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
14.04.2013- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138 race winner, 2nd position Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 and 3rd position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
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14.04.2013- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
14.04.2013- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 2nd position
The Lotus F1 E22 running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
The Lotus F1 E22 running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.
Charles Pic (FRA) Lotus F1 E22 Third Driver leaves the pits running new 18 inch Pirelli tyres and rims.
09.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Wednesday.

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Alex - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 4:58 PM

Pity the team didn't listen to Kimi and got him to start on a different set up. We could have had a more interesting fight for the top spot yesterday. Kimi has had his share of bad luck in his F1 career, but he never whines or blame the team for not giving him a better car. No mind games or politics. A class act. Hope Lotus can continue to improve as the season progress. Would be great to see him beat Alonso this year.

kgf - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 11:37 AM

In recent years, we have seen a couple of times where a car lost significant parts of its front wing and continued to race, seemingly undisturbed. I am wondering what the sense of all the complicated front wing structure is when it seems that it would be possible to drive with a much simpler structure. I wonder why doesn't FIA ban such constructions? Allow a simple front wing, single component, no endplates, and no additional structures. Surely this would also save some cost, reduce on-track debris, and let the teams concentrate on things that would end up making a difference.



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