Räikkönen targets improved qualifying
19 October 2013 – Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen says an improved qualifying performance is his primary target for next week's Indian Grand Prix, given his recent Saturday afternoon struggles.
While team-mate Romain Grosjean has featured on the front two rows of the grid for the past three races, Räikkönen's last top four start came at the German Grand Prix, a fact he is eager to change during his second visit to the Buddh International Circuit.
"Hopefully we finally get it right in qualifying as the last five qualifying sessions have not been that great for me," said the Finn. "If we don't, it's going to be a difficult Sunday, although of course we'll keep pushing. If we do get it right, then we can really go for it."
Although Räikkönen had to settle for fifth at the Japanese Grand Prix, he has drawn confidence from the closing stages of the race, when he was able to lap in clean air.
"The car felt pretty strong all weekend and we've made good progress with it recently," added Räikkönen, who sits third in the Drivers' standings. "It's still not exactly as I want it and we're trying to get rid of some understeer which is something I don't like.
"In Japan it was hard to show our real pace at the beginning of the race as I was stuck behind slower cars. After the final pit-stop, when I got a bit of free air, the car was working much better. It ran well in the last half of the race and I was very happy with it."