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Kimi to crank up pressure on Seb

Wednesday 24th April 2013

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Kimi to crank up pressure on Seb

Kimi to crank up pressure on Seb

Lotus have vowed to do everything to support Kimi Raikkonen's bid to up the ante in the World Championship battle.

Raikkonen finds himself 10 points behind triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel in the Drivers' standings after four races and the manner in which the Red Bull driver won the Bahrain Grand Prix will be a concern for his rivals.

After starting second on the grid, Vettel hit the front after the opening few laps and he was in a race of his own after that as he comfortably took the chequered flag.

Lotus, though, won't be too disheartened as Raikkonen has proved that he can challenge if he is given the right equipment and team principal Eric Boullier says everyone at Enstone are determined to aid his title bid with a competitive car.

"He's going to put pressure on Vettel, definitely," Boullier is quoted as saying by ESPNF1.

"We will give everything to support him to obviously put the right pressure on him and force maybe Sebastian to crack under pressure. With everything he's clearly an incredible finisher and nobody can stop him to get another lot of races finished."

With the four flyaway races out of the way, the Formula One community will head to Spain next for the start of the European leg and Boullier says they have plenty of updates for the E21 in line.

"I have to thank the guys back in Enstone [headquarters] again because they are doing a great job. I know the figures that are coming for the future so the development of the car is going very well and it's going to be interesting to see and to follow."

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