Räikkönen enjoys strong start in China

Räikkönen enjoys strong start in China

12 April 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen enjoyed a positive start to his Chinese Grand Prix weekend on Friday, with the Lotus driver setting the second fastest time behind Ferrari rival and former team-mate Felipe Massa in this afternoon's second free practice session.

The Finn, who completed 48 trouble-free laps of the Shanghai venue, focused on trialling new rear floor aero components which have been declared as a success.

"If you look at the lap time it looks to have been a pretty OK day," said Räikkönen, who claimed victory at Shanghai in 2007. "For sure there are things we have to improve and you never know what will happen tomorrow but it's a reasonable start to the weekend.

"We seem to be happy with the Soft tyres and maybe not as happy with the harder ones. We've still got time to improve and we're certainly not struggling so it could be a good weekend."

The opening day of track action was a little more challenging for fellow Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, with the Frenchman's recent car setup struggles continuing.

"Today was not so easy for me and I'm still looking for the right setup," Grosjean stated. "I ran with the new exhaust package in the morning and the older one in the afternoon to try to help find where improvements can be made. We now have a lot of data to help find the extra performance we want. The new front wing helps, so that's a step in the right direction.

"In Malaysia we developed the car as the weekend continued and there are of course a few things we can change here overnight. It's a new day tomorrow and we'll hopefully be able to have the car as I'd like it for a strong result this weekend."

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