Kimi Raikkonen believes that Lotus can win another race before the end of this season.
Raikkonen won the opening race of 2013 in Australia but in spite of finishing on the podium a further seven times, he has yet to add to his victory tally.
Raikkonen has won at three of the five venues that Formula 1 has yet to visit this year and took his only victory of 2012 in Abu Dhabi.
“Qualifying was pretty awful for me in Korea, but it’s difficult to say whether a better grid position would have made the difference,” he said.
“Sebastian [Vettel] was faster than us at the end; not massively, but a little bit for sure and his tyres were fresher too so I think it would have been tough to catch him in any case. We were closer to the Red Bull in Korea than we have been in some races, but not close enough.”
“If we can improve our performance on Saturdays then there’s always a chance [of winning], so we’ll keep trying for sure and see what we can do.”
Raikkonen won at Suzuka, the venue of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, in 2005 and says that it’s a circuit that he enjoys.
“Normally it doesn’t make too much difference to me where we race – as long as we have a good result then I’ll enjoy it – but Suzuka is a track I look forward to every season,” he added.
“It’s a proper circuit that’s been around for a many years, and you can understand why as it’s a challenge for the drivers and usually makes for some good racing too. It’s fast, technical and there are some good places to overtake, which to me is what racing should be about.”
“There are some corners where you are flat out – or very nearly flat out – but then there are others where you really have to balance the braking and throttle carefully to maintain the best speed.”
“If you push too hard then you can easily be punished, as I found out in qualifying last year when I was on my best lap in the final session. Hopefully this time we’ll get everything right and be fighting at the front; that’s where you can have the most fun at a circuit like Suzuka.”