Räikkönen ‘very confident’ despite steering glitch
4 March 2012 – Kimi Räikkönen has not been phased by the technical issues which have befallen him and Lotus across the 2012 pre-season period. The Finn, testing in Barcelona on Saturday for the first time since the winter season began in Jerez, was rooted to the pits for much of the day because of power steering problems.
“The power steering just didn’t work,” he explained to GPUpdate.net and other gathered journalists in a highly crowded motorhome.
“They tried to fix it but, unfortunately, it took a long time because they had to change the whole system – that takes one and a half hours more. So it wasn’t perfect, but it was okay. You just have to deal with it.
“At least in the first week (at Jerez) there was very good running and I don’t think we have any major issues with the car, so that is a good thing. The one problem we did have last week (major chassis/suspension troubles on the right-front) is now fixed. We are still learning but everything is going smoothly and there are no problems.”
2012 marks Räikkönen’s first F1 season since 2009, after which he was dropped by Ferrari in favour of Fernando Alonso. He then spent two years rallying and NASCAR.