Raikkonen switches back to short wheelbase car

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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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15 comments on Raikkonen switches back to short wheelbase car

  1. toiago (@toiago) said on 1st November 2013, 16:53

    Plan B to try and beat Grosjean?

  2. MarkM (@mpmark) said on 1st November 2013, 17:22

    good on them, go back to what works! not like mclaren, they should have switched to the mp4-27 after Malaysia, but no sense in bringing that up anymore… lol

    • Patrick (@paeschli) said on 1st November 2013, 17:56

      The long wheelbase version works pretty well: Grosjean finished on the podium on the last 3 races ;)

      • Droid Damudi (@droiddamudi) said on 1st November 2013, 18:13

        So? Kimi finish 2nd too.

        Kimi prefer SWB car, the LWB car had understeer issue which team and driver couldn’t fix with the setup and current tire compound.

        Its like dejavu, back in 2008, Ferrari change suspension and then Kimi started struggling with qualifiying. Kimi ask for older spec car/suspension but team didn’t change untill late in season.

        What i’m trying to say is certain driver like particular balance from car. LWB car may be quicker for race distance but for kimi its not good for qualifying.

  3. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 1st November 2013, 18:08

    So they have used the short wheelbase version until the Italian GP, tested it at FP1 at the Italian GP and they used the long wheelbase version on every race since then until now?

  4. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 1st November 2013, 18:17

    Grosjean needs the extra space for his wallet.

  5. The balance of power between the two drivers shifted around the time the revised tyres were introduced in the middle of the season.

    Really? Based on what evidence?

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