Räikkönen surprised by Lotus pace
8 September 2013 – Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen admits that he was surprised by the pace of his car during the Italian Grand Prix, having struggled with balance earlier in the weekend.
Starting from the sixth row of the grid, the Finn's efforts were severely hampered when a first corner clash with Sergio Pérez forced a front wing change, leaving him at the back of the field and the best part of a minute behind race leader Sebastian Vettel.
But he went on to deliver a string of fastest lap times throughout his comeback, bringing him within half a second of the final point-scoring position at the finish.
"It’s not just time in the pits, you have to work your way through the field afterwards," explained Räikkönen, referring to his early collision. "We did a pretty good job of that and the car felt good, surprisingly good given where we were on Saturday.
"Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do after the start to the race we had."
Romain Grosjean kept Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at bay in the closing stages to finish eighth, adding: "I think we did the best we could here at Monza and I hope that for Singapore we can get back to the level of performance that we had in Budapest."