Kimi Raikkonen says that although Lotus have made improvements to the E21 over recent races, the car is still not yet fully to his liking.
The Finn has finished two of the last three races on the podium and managed a fifth place finish at last weekend?óÔé¼Ôäós Japanese Grand Prix.
?óÔé¼?ôThe car felt pretty strong all weekend and we?óÔé¼Ôäóve made good progress with it recently,?óÔé¼?Ø says Raikkonen. ?óÔé¼?ôIt?óÔé¼Ôäós still not exactly as I want it and we?óÔé¼Ôäóre trying to get rid of some understeer which is something I don?óÔé¼Ôäót like.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôIn Japan it was hard to show our real pace at the beginning of the race as I was stuck behind slower cars for quite a long time. After the final pit stop when I got a bit of free air the car was working much better. It ran well in the last half of the race and I was very happy with it.?óÔé¼?Ø
After failing to qualify in the top five in any of the last six races, the 2007 world champion is targeting a stronger showing on Saturday during next weekend?óÔé¼Ôäós Indian Grand Prix.
?óÔé¼?ôHopefully we finally get it right in qualifying as the last five qualifying sessions have not been that great for me,?óÔé¼?Ø says Raikkonen. ?óÔé¼?ôIf we don?óÔé¼Ôäót, it?óÔé¼Ôäós going to be a difficult Sunday afternoon, although of course we?óÔé¼Ôäóll keep pushing. If we do get it right, then we can really go for it!?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôIt?óÔé¼Ôäós quite an interesting track; one of the better ones from the modern circuits. It?óÔé¼Ôäós quite similar to Korea; long straights, not terribly challenging corners and hard braking. It?óÔé¼Ôäós not as technical as Korea which was another new track for me last year, but it?óÔé¼Ôäós good.?óÔé¼?Ø
With four races remaining in the 2013 season, Raikkonen is currently third in the Drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó Championship with 177 points ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ 16 points ahead of Lewis Hamilton and 30 points behind Fernando Alonso.
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