Raikkonen concedes Lotus lack pace

By on Saturday, September 7, 2013
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen admits that Lotus simply don't have the pace to challenge for overall honours at Monza, after neither Lotus driver made it through to Q3.

Raikkonen set the eleventh fastest time in qualifying and will line up a row ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean.

"We were just not fast enough today," said Raikkonen.

"We have been suffering a bit all weekend so far and it was the same today. It just isn’t our kind of circuit and layout where we have to run small wings. The car behaved pretty okay but we just didn’t have the downforce to go fast through the corners with our low drag package. Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit better but I’m not expecting any big surprises. In any case we will do the best we can."

Grosjean suffered a couple of off track excursions and says he simply had no pace.

"Today was difficult for us as we had no grip," he said.

"I was quite surprised at how it went in free practice yesterday, but today was simply a different story. The aerodynamic configuration for Monza isn’t an easy one and it didn’t go the way we would have liked it to go. I hope that we find grip levels for tomorrow and are able to deliver as good a race as we can."

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