Raikkonen enjoying new Indian experience

By on Friday, October 26, 2012

Kimi Raikkonen has said that the Buddh International Circuit is 'nice' after the first day of practice in India.

The Lotus driver was fifth fastest in second practice, having completed forty laps.

"The circuit is nice. For me it was easier to learn than the Korean track ; it’s not as technical but it’s good. It’s always nice to come to a new place like this – I’ve been racing for many years, and you always end up going to the same places so it’s good when you get a new place and a new circuit", he said.

Raikkonen added that the Lotus E20 is near full potential.

"For sure we can still improve on one lap but I think we are not far away from our maximum speed. Of course I hope that we are faster than McLaren. Our car was working well, especially on soft tyres but with the hard tyres it was more difficult to find grip", he said.

Romain Grosjean was ninth fastest in second practice.

"It’s been very hard to set-up the car as the track has been evolving a lot through the day; from zero grip in the morning to much better in the afternoon", the Frenchman said. "However, we’ve made good progress today and we’re working on improving further overnight. There are a few blind corners, and some quick places where you don’t want to make mistakes either. Hopefully we find the car we want for qualifying and get what we want tomorrow".

Trackside operations engineer Alan Permane agrees with Raikkonen regarding tyres.

"We’re missing a little pace on the hard tyre so we’re investigating our tyre temperatures and pressures, however on the softer tyre our car looks very competitive on both low and high fuel loads", he said.

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