Räikkönen predicting better race pace
12 May 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen is confident that Lotus will be able to demonstrate stronger race pace at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday afternoon, with the Finn having to settle for the final spot on the second row at the end of a Mercedes-dominated qualifying session.
Räikkönen, who starts alongside reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, has been able to climb up the order from relatively low starting positions throughout the season so far and believes there should be possibilities to do the same at Barcelona.
"It was not too bad; better than last race for sure," Räikkönen said of his session. "It’s very close here and we could have been P1 or P10 in that final session, so P4 is not too bad. Of course, unless you’re on pole you want to be further up the order, but tomorrow’s when really matters. We didn’t have the pace get on the front row, but we should have a pretty good car in the race."
Although Räikkönen refrained from making any clear predictions for the race, he reckons the order seen at recent events will show little signs of major change.
"You can’t really say on Saturday what will happen; you just have to make a good start and then see what you can do," he added. "We’ve got two fast Mercedes ahead of us and we’ll have to see how strong they are over a full distance. I’m sure the Ferrari and Red Bull will be competitive, so we’ll just do our best and see where we end up."
Romain Grosjean starts the race from sixth position in the second Lotus, benefiting from a three-place penalty picked up by Ferrari rival Felipe Massa for blocking.