Raikkonen targets podium from second row

By on Saturday, May 11, 2013

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen believes he can finish on the podium in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Raikkonen set the fourth fastest time in qualifying and lines up behind the two Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel.

"That was more or less all we could do today," he said.

"I didn’t make any mistakes on my fastest lap so that was pretty much all there was to come from the car. I wouldn’t say it was a perfect lap, but I don’t think we would have been much higher up the order if it had been".

"The Mercedes, as we’ve seen before, seems to be pretty fast in qualifying but hopefully in the race we can turn it around. Our race pace has been pretty good all year so let’s try and get on the podium. I’ll have to make a good start, then let’s see what happens."

Team-mate Romain Grosjean will start from sixth place.

"We did a good job today throughout qualifying but on my last lap I made a mistake into turn one, so I decided to back off and save the tyres," said the French racer.

"Otherwise, I think we could have done a bit better and maybe sit one or two rows further towards the front. I was happy with the car and all the work we’ve done since Friday. For tomorrow, we will see what happens as the competition is very tight. As we have seen, conditions are variable this weekend and once more the tyres should be key."

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