Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

Raikkonen switches back to short wheelbase car

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013Lotus ran the short wheelbase chassis which they started the season with for Kimi Raikkonen in today’s practice sessions at his request.

The long wheelbase version of the car was first tested at the Italian Grand Prix and used in subsequent races. However Raikkonen asked to try the shorter version of the car in practice at Yas Marin.a

“He wanted to try the short wheelbase car again as he felt its characteristics would suit this circuit,” said trackside operations director Alan Permane.

“So far it all looks good and this configuration will be kept on his car for the remainder of the weekend. His long-run pace looks very encouraging on both tyres.”

Raikkonen said: “The shorter chassis feels okay here, but I didn?t drive it back to back with the longer one so it?s difficult to say which is better.”

“We?re still trying to get rid of some understeer, but on this circuit it feels better so far.”

Raikkonen has been out-qualified by team mate Romain Grosjean in four of the last six races. The balance of power between the two drivers shifted around the time the revised tyres were introduced in the middle of the season.

Ahead of this weekend team principal Eric Boullier said the long wheelbase car had been “working well” for the team.

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