Räikkönen: Little change with new car
6 September 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen says the longer-wheelbase car introduced by Lotus at Monza "doesn't feel much different" to the standard specification, admitting that a final decision over its continued use will come down to data evaluation rather than personal preference.
The Finn, who was the only Lotus driver to trial the chassis variation, finished third fastest on Friday's overall timesheets, setting an identical time to team-mate Romain Grosjean but finishing ahead as his effort came sooner in the afternoon session.
"The car felt pretty normal for me and we're going to look at the data in order to make a decision on whether to use today's specification or the older one," said Räikkönen. "It doesn't feel much different to me so it'll be a decision based on what the data says.
"We were a little surprised to be third, but we’re still quite far away from the fastest cars. There are some areas for improvement so hopefully we can find more speed."
Grosjean was a little less optimistic about the team's position in relation to Red Bull, with the E21s 0.663 seconds slower than reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel.
"They are uncatchable," explained the Frenchman. "It is the same story as Spa. They can run a very low rear wing level and the diffuser seems to be very good. They generate downforce in a different way and it seems to work well with their car."