Raikkonen says E21 feels better than last year’s car

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Jerez, 2013Kimi Raikkonen said his first impression of the new Lotus E21 was positive.

“Sure it feels better than last year,” he told media at Jerez. “I think we have a good car but how good it is in the end we will only see this year during races during the season but it’s not a bad step.”

Raikkonen completed just 40 laps on his first day in the car. He said he had to have his seat adjusted early in the session and his running was curtailed by a clutch problem later on.

Lotus tested new exhaust arrangements today: “We run kind of the same exhaust system in the end,” he said. “It should be an improvement and it’s too early to say. We had a pretty good first two days and it feels OK for me.”

He agreed there were grounds to expect his second year at Lotus would be better than the first:

“It’s more easy because I know the team and I know the people and they know me,” he said. “But it doesn’t mean that we’re suddenly going to be much faster or do better.”

“There’s an awful lot of things that can work in your favour or go against you. In theory it should be more easy but I can’t believe that we’re suddenly going to turn it around and start to be something different than we finished the last year.

“Time will tell but it’s definitely more easy to come here this year than it was a year ago because I know the team and they know me.”

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