Italy

Last Race: 07th Sep Italy

Italy GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Felipe Massa

Raikkonen admits Lotus struggles

Saturday 8th June 2013

Share:

Raikkonen admits Lotus struggles

Raikkonen admits Lotus struggles

Kimi Raikkonen admitted that his Lotus struggled to get heat into the Pirelli tyres during Friday's free practice.

In the cold conditions in Montreal on Friday several teams struggled to get their tyres to perform and the former World Champion was fearful that conditions wouldn't improve during qualifying.

"Obviously the lap time was not the fastest but it's very close here between everybody so if you go faster you can gain a lot of places," the Finn noted after finishing 11th in practice.

"The car is not too bad but we have some issue with getting the tyres working.

"If we can get the tyres to switch on it makes a much bigger difference than any small set-up thing.

"It's the same story as in Monaco. We were pretty OK but we were not fast enough in qualifying because of the tyres not working.

"If we can get the tyres working, it makes a massive difference."

Apart from struggling with the Pirellis, Raikkonen believes the rest of the car is running optimally.

It's not too bad but the feeling is that if we can switch the tyres on it will go better," he added.

F1's Night Shift Gets Underway

Editor's Picks

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about new boss Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Andrew Davies tuned into the latest episode of the 'Lewis vs Nico' drama, and he wasn't disappointed...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...