Lotus confident ahead of race

By on Saturday, October 13, 2012

Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean have expressed their confidence at achieving a good result in the Korean Grand Prix.

Raikkonen qualified in fifth place, a row ahead of Grosjean.

"Qualifying was okay and I think we did the best we could have done. We tried some different things on the car over the weekend and qualified in a reasonably good position, but of course you always want to go faster", said Raikkonen.

"The new exhaust system feels good; you do lose a little horsepower from it but it’s better on the aero side and you can’t get something for nothing. The gap to the cars at the front is not too much so we’ll try to do what we can tomorrow".

Grosjean was not using the new Coanda style exhausts and admitted qualifying was peculiar.

"It was a bit of a strange qualifying session for me to be honest; In Q1 the car felt nowhere, in Q2 it was good, then in Q3 it wasn’t fantastic either so we need to spend some time analysing what happened. The track changed a little and the tyres felt slightly different so we need to understand that".

Grosjean also acknowledged that there will be focus on his Lotus when the lights go out.

"For sure there will be a lot of attention on my start tomorrow; I know my objectives and I think we’re capable of a good result".

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