Raikkonen reckons Lotus competitive in dry conditions

By on Saturday, August 24, 2013
Lotus F1 Team

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Kimi Raikkonen says he is confident that Lotus can fight at the front - if rain stays away from the Belgian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen qualified in eighth place at Spa as wet weather hit the circuit.

"When it was dry in the second qualifying session we were fastest, so if it’s dry tomorrow we should be okay for the race; even though we will not start from a great position," he said.

"The last qualifying session was wet and our car does not give its best in these types of conditions. Any lap which came right at the end of the session would have helped, but if it stayed dry it would have helped more. Tomorrow is another day so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens."

Team-mate Romain Grosjean will line up one position ahead in seventh.

"It wasn’t an easy session today with the changing weather and while it’s good to be in the top ten, it wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for," he said.

"It was a big challenge to know what condition the track was in, to make the right decisions at the right time and to adjust the speed according to the weather. At the end of qualifying you needed to be on the on track at the right time."

"I’ll work with the engineers later to assess why Kimi was a bit quicker in the dry, where we can improve in the wet, and options in terms of strategy. I’ll give my best in the race tomorrow."

Lotus was also fined five thousand Euros for an unsafe release of Grosjean during Q3.

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