Räikkönen: Red Bull will be difficult to beat
23 August 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen says it will be "difficult" to beat Red Bull at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit this weekend, the Lotus driver finishing Friday in sixth position following a dominant display by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the afternoon's dry session.
Heading into the event, Räikkönen explained that second place finishes will no longer be enough to keep him in the fight for the title. And after a quiet start to the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, the 2007 World Champion is well aware of the task ahead.
"I feel fine here today and the car was OK," said the 33-year-old, referring to an illness that prevented him from attending the track on Thursday. "It could have been a bit better, but it wasn’t a disaster either so for sure we can improve a bit more. The weather wasn’t great this morning and it’s certainly better for us when it’s dry.
"We had a little problem with the front wheel in the first session which meant we didn’t run as much as we wanted to. The afternoon was pretty normal. It looks like it will be difficult to beat Red Bull but that’s what we must try to do if we want to catch them."
Räikkönen's team-mate, Romain Grosjean, finished the day third quickest.