Kimi Raikkonen says that the Lotus E21 felt ‘pretty good’, despite the Finn spinning out of second practice at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Raikkonen, who ended fourth fastest, spun out at the Esses with 25 minutes remaining of the session.
“The car felt pretty good today,” he said. “Of course, there are some areas we can improve but I’m quite happy with the progress we made. I spun in FP2 so we did miss some of the long run laps we would have got this afternoon.”
“I was on a fast run and the wind changed, which can affect the car sometimes. At least we didn’t do any damage so the crew won’t have any extra work. It’s not a big drama as we know the track pretty well.”
Team-mate Romain Grosjean was fifth fastest and believes that there is still more performance to be extracted from the Lotus E21.
“Finding the right balance to get the car working well around here is quite tricky and the tyres are not making that any easier, so we’ve got some work to do overnight to make it a little easier to handle,” said Grosjean.
“There’s definitely some more performance to be found, and it’s always better to be near the top of the times even if you’ve not got things quite right, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”