Kimi Raikkonen says he expects Lotus will be closer to Red Bull in qualifying this weekend.
The RB9s locked out the front row of the grid in Melbourne while Raikkonen shared row four with team mate Romain Grosjean.
During the press conference for the Malaysian Grand Prix Raikkonen said the unusual circumstances of last week’s qualifying exaggerated the difference between Lotus and Red Bull.
“I wouldn’t say that the qualifying was very normal situation with all the weather and it got delayed and all that stuff,” he said.
“With normal dry conditions I’m pretty sure we are more close, I hope at least. We’ll wait and see once we get the normal qualifying done, I am sure we are not a second behind or whatever it was, 1.4 seconds behind.”
Raikkonen added he hopes his car will show the same strong performance in the hot conditions seen in Malaysia as it did last year: “Last year we were pretty good when it was hot, and then actually it was better for us.
“But obviously we haven’t run in this king of condition and the winter was very cold so I have no idea. But if it’s anything what it was last year it should be OK but we have to wait and see how it goes.”
2013 Malaysian Grand Prix
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- Webber wins Malaysian GP Driver of the Weekend
- Red Bull gives up on team orders as Vettel admits he would defy them again
- Malaysia retirement no concern for Alonso
- Massa: Red Bull’s team orders not “intelligent”
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