Räikkönen says Lotus reached potential
29 June 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen reckons Lotus' full potential was reached by himself and team-mate Romain Grosjean during Saturday's qualifying session for the British Grand Prix.
The Finn, who set the ninth fastest time in the final shootout phase, wound up seven thousandths of a second behind his team-mate, although Paul di Resta's demotion to the back of the grid for an underweight car sees them both move up a place.
"It was a close qualifying session between both of the team’s cars so I think we both got pretty much all there was from the car today," Räikkönen said of his day behind the wheel. "It’s not ideal as we’d like to be nearer the front of the grid, but it is what it is.
"We’ll go into the race wanting to get a better result than we did in qualifying. Usually this is what happens for us and and hopefully that is the case again tomorrow."
Lotus' Drag Reduction Device will make its race debut on Sunday, with Räikkönen continuing to run the system, first trialled at Hockenheim last year, in qualifying.