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Lotus plays down Raikkonen shunt

4 October 2013

Lotus has moved to play down Kimi Raikkonen's accident in practice for the Korean Grand Prix.

The Finn went off in the barriers in the closing seconds of the first session at the Yeongam circuit, hitting the barriers in the same place that Vitaly Petrov shunted back in 2010.

Despite causing heavy damage to the left hand side of the car, the team was able to repair Raikkonen's E21 in time for the second session, where he went on to post the eighth fastest time.

“It was a fairly routine Friday aside from Kimi's small off this morning which looked a lot worse than it was, resulting primarily in some front trackrod and rear corner damage for us to repair,” trackside operations director Alan Permane said.

“We lost some time at the start of the second session whilst the rectification work was completed, but this didn't impact on our programme today.”

Raikkonen himself was pleased with the performance of the long wheelbase car, even taking into account his morning error.

“Obviously it didn't help that I destroyed part of the car this morning; maybe I ran out of talent there!” he said. “It didn't cause too much damage and the car was fine for the second practice, even if the guys had quite a hurry to fix it. They did a good job and we managed to complete everything we wanted today.

“The car feels quite strong – especially on the long runs – so that's good news for the race. On the short runs it wasn't exactly as I wanted, but we still have some time to make improvements there.”


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