Raikkonen Hoping For Improved Lotus Pace

Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen hopes Lotus can regain the pace which saw him win the season opening Australian Grand Prix.

Coming from the strongest possible start in Australia, Raikkonen cruised to seventh in Malaysia while Red Bull and Mercedes stormed dominantly ahead.

Yet, Kimi hopes his seventh in Malaysia was a temporary dip in form and that he will be back and fighting next weekend in Shaghai for the Chinese Grand Prix.

“It’s always difficult to predict what will happen in the next race as we haven’t been there yet with this car, and every car reacts differently to each circuit,” Raikkonen said. “Unfortunately we didn’t achieve any points there last year so we can only improve from that.”

“I have been first, second and third in Shanghai in previous years so it would be nice to add to that list. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t go well there; we have some new parts for the E21 and the last upgrades we had seemed to help so it will be interesting to see what will happen if it doesn’t rain.”

Last year’s Chinese Grand Prix was the only race where Raikkonen didn’t make it into the points, a risky gamble on tires failing and dropping the Finn out of the top ten position.

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