Räikkönen: I’m disappointed with this pace
14 April 2012 – Lotus line up fourth and tenth in China, with Kimi Räikkönen leading the charge and Romain Grosjean having decided to abort his final run in Q3. Despite being in a promising position, the 2007 World Champion admits that he hoped for more.
“The grid position is okay but, when you look at the times, I’m disappointed with the pace of the car today,” says Räikkönen, whose best lap time of 1:35.784 is almost seven tenths of a second off the pole lap from Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes.
“We’ve gained a position after Lewis (Hamilton)’s penalty but the speed wasn’t where it should have been, especially when you look at the pole time. We’ve tried some updates this weekend, but they haven’t worked as we wanted so we’ve gone back to how the car was before. We go into the race less confident in the car than in the last two races, but knowing that we start from a higher position on the grid.”
En route to his world title, Räikkönen won in Shanghai for Ferrari five years ago.