Kimi Raikkonen says that Lotus do not possess the pace to compete for victory in the Chinese Grand Prix.
Raikkonen qualified in second place – his best result since Monaco in 2009 – but concedes that his team is lacking downforce through the middle sector.
“We don’t have that speed right now,” said Raikkonen, when asked about the gap to pole sitter Lewis Hamilton.
“Second is not too bad, it is the best I can gain with the team. I’d rather be in first place, but we didn’t have the speed.”
“We’re missing downforce in the middle sector so we will see what we can do tomorrow.”
Hamilton, however, admits he is keeping an eye on his fellow front row starter.
Raikkonen won in Australia having completed one stop fewer than his rivals and also pitted three times, rather than the conventional four, in Malaysia.
“Making the option tyres last is almost impossible, except for this guy on the right [Kimi],” said Hamilton.