Kimi Raikkonen expects a better weekend for Lotus in Singapore as their car is more competitive in high downforce trim.
“After these two weekends with zero points it?óÔé¼Ôäós nice to get back to a circuit we expect to be more suited to our car,” said Raikkonen.
“We seem to go better at high downforce circuits that?óÔé¼Ôäós for sure. The car actually worked surprisingly well at Monza during the race so it was a shame we lost so much time at the start. After getting the new nose, our race pace was not too bad.”
Raikkonen says he has “unfinished business” at the track where he is yet to finish inside the top five: “I enjoy the circuit but have not yet had a podium.”
“That doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót mean I’m not quick there as I’ve been told I still hold the lap record from 2008. I crashed while fighting for fifth place that year, finished down in tenth in 2009, and took sixth last season, so I want more this time.”
However he feels dry conditions would be better for Lotus: “We saw rain last year in Singapore and it?óÔé¼Ôäós no secret that our car sometimes struggles in wet conditions. It?óÔé¼Ôäós something we?óÔé¼Ôäóll deal with if it happens, and as always the weather is the same for everyone.”
This will be Raikkonen’s first race since his impending return to Ferrari was announced. “Hopefully it means I won?óÔé¼Ôäót be asked so much where I?óÔé¼Ôäóm driving next year,” he said, “but maybe it means more questions.”
“For my racing this season it doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót make any difference. I?óÔé¼Ôäóll keep pushing at every race to get the best result I can.”
2013 Singapore Grand Prix
- Penalty for third reprimand “disappointing” – Webber
- Di Resta still unsure over cause of Singapore crash
- Singapore showed Vettel’s true advantage – Hamilton
- Fourth Driver of the Weekend win for Vettel
- Second-lowest ever rating for Singapore Grand Prix
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