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Kimi: Not a nightmare but not happy

Sunday 19th May 2013

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Kimi: Not a nightmare but not happy

Kimi: Not a nightmare but not happy

Kimi Raikkonen says he won't be happy until he is leading the Championship despite a spate of runner-up results putting him second on the log.

The 2007 World Champion has made an impressive start to this season, his second with Lotus, winning the opening race in Australia.

The Finn, though, has failed to repeat that feat since but is still second in the standings, four points behind Sebastian Vettel, after a hat-trick of runner-up finishes.

"We're not in first place so we can't be too happy," he said.

"For sure it's not a nightmare, but we've still got a lot of races yet to come and anything can happen in Formula 1.

"Monaco's a different challenge, so we'll have to see what happens there this year."

Last year Raikkkonen had a difficult time in Monaco as he qualified just eighth on a track that is notoriously difficult to overtake on.

Added to that the Finn was hampered by his own race-pace while also being impeded by Sergio Perez. He finished P9.

This season Raikkonen is hoping for better.

"We certainly won't make the mistakes we made last time. There were a few things we didn't do right over the weekend and we suffered because of that.

"Sometimes that's the way it goes, but the important thing is not to make the same mistakes again."

Another important aspect is to secure a starting position higher up the order with the 33-year-old admitting Lotus have to "focus on qualifying.

"It's a difficult place to race as it's so narrow and - as I said before - passing is nearly impossible.

"We'll have to see how the tyres perform and if there are any good strategies to be made, but the most important thing is to qualify well.

"It's difficult to know how good the car will be in Monaco as you can't simulate its characteristics; certainly not at any of the circuits we've visited so far this year anyway.

"We can say the E21's been fast everywhere else so let's hope it's also fast there."

Qualifying, however, has not be his E21's strong point as the Finn has secured just one front row starting position and one second row grid slot.

"We'll do the best we can, but of course everyone will be trying to be on the front row. It's not impossible for us, but we won't know how good we are until we get there.

"We know that tyre changes have to be made so there are opportunities if you run a different strategy to your rivals, but it's certainly more difficult here than anywhere else."

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