Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Shanghai, 2013

Raikkonen: Lotus must work harder to catch Red Bull

2013 Spanish Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Shanghai, 2013Kimi Raikkonen says Lotus must work twice as hard as Red Bull to catch them in the championship.

Raikkonen is second to Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship by ten points and Red bull lead Lotus by 16 points in the constructors’ championship.

“It’s going to be hard to catch Sebastian if he keeps taking good results,” said Raikkonen. “So we need to start taking more points from him, but you never know what can happen.”

Raikkonen said “more wins” were needed to close the gap. “To catch the leaders, we have to work twice as hard as they are,” he said.

“It?s no secret that we want more speed from the car in qualifying; it?s so tight up there at the front and we really need to be on the first two rows to fight for victories every time.

“It?s good to be able to start the European season where we are as this is when you see teams starting to push on with lots of new parts for the cars.”

Lotus’s updates for the E21 at the fifth round of the championship will include revised front wing endplates, rear brake drum aerodynamics and upper rear wing element as well as changes to the diffuser.

“We need to keep scoring points in the same way – even if it?s a bad weekend for us, we need to keep finishing as well as we can,” Raikkonen added. “That’s how we will fight to the end of the season.”

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