Kimi: Win doesn't increase pressure

Thursday 21-March-2013 08:49

Kimi Raikkonen insists there is no added pressure at Lotus despite arriving in Malaysia as the early Championship leader.

Raikkonen produced the first welcome surprise of the season when he beat last year's protagonists, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, to the chequered flag in the Australian GP.

As such the Finn is being billed as a favourite to claim this year's World title, however, Lotus won't let that weigh on them as they tackle round two in Malaysia.

"There's no target or anything, we don't do any different things this weekend that we did in any previous race or last year," Raikkonen said.

"If people think we are the kind of leaders it makes no difference to our work, what we did or what we're going to do this weekend or any other weekend.

"We just try to do our best and hopefully can score some good points."

The team will be hoping for a better starting position this weekend as Raikkonen only managed seventh last week in the rain-interrupted Melbourne qualifying.

The 33-year-old, though, believes Australia was not an indication of things to come given the weather and the postponement to Sunday morning.

"I wouldn't say that the qualifying was a very normal situation with all the weather and [the fact] it got delayed and all that stuff.

"So if we put a normal dry condition I'm pretty sure we are closer - I hope at least. We will wait and see until once we get the normal qualifying done. I'm sure we are not a second behind."

However, Raikkonen may not establish that this weekend as thundery showers and high humidity are expected not only for Saturday's qualifying but for the entire race weekend.

"Last year we were pretty good when it was hot and actually it was better for us but obviously we haven't run in these kind of conditions and the winter was very cold, so I have no idea.

"But if it's anything like what it was last year it should be pretty okay, but we have to wait and see how it goes."

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