Räikkönen seeking E21 balance tweaks
7 February 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen paid little attention to the timesheets after his first day of pre-season testing at Jerez, explaining that low fuel runs were the least of his priorities. Having been unable to complete more than 40 laps, primarily due to a clutch problem in the afternoon, the Finn is still trying to find a comfortable baseline balance in the E21.
"It was good to get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car again," said Räikkönen. "The E21 feels quite good so far, even if the balance isn't quite to my liking yet. That didn't stop us going through the programme we wanted to do which had a lot of aero runs in it.
"We know the car can go faster, we were just running through what we needed to. It's a shame that we had a clutch issue at the end of the day, but that's why we come testing so we can find problems and fix them."
Räikkönen will continue at the wheel of the new Lotus E21 chassis on Friday, bring the first pre-season gathering of the year to an end for the Enstone-based squad.