Raikkonen relaxed after promising practice

By on Friday, May 10, 2013

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen believes Lotus is in the hunt after practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Raikkonen was fourth quickest in second practice, with his Lotus E21 also demonstrating strong race pace.

"It was a pretty normal Friday. We tried some things on the car, ran with some different tyres and we’ll have a look at all the data to see where we think we are," he said.

"We finished the day not too far off the fastest time, so we can say that the day wasn’t a disaster, but for sure there are some things we have to improve with the car which is normal after the first day’s running."

Unlike some of his rivals, trackside operations director Alan Permane says that the wet weather that affected first practice was beneficial for the team.

"Kimi was happy with the handling and balance of his car and that’s reflected in his pace," he said.

"The morning rain was actually beneficial for us as it afforded an opportunity to run our latest developments aimed at addressing a relative lack of wet weather pace, and we’re happy with the progress made in this area."

Permane also confirmed that Grosjean's lowly place in the standings was due to a cracked exhaust that cost him performance on the softer tyre.

Grosjean was eighteenth in second practice.

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