Raikkonen expecting Lotus to fight back
The Finn admitted that Monaco and Canada were more about “surviving not attacking” and that’s not where he wants to be. Three points in the last two races is not what he was expecting but he feels that returning to permanent track venues – rather than street tracks – will suit their car better.
Speaking about the past few races in a team statement, he said: “Obviously, it’s not been that great and we haven’t got the results we wanted. That said, Monaco and Montreal are both street circuits; they’re quite different from a lot of tracks we visit and there are quite a lot of variables. You never know how you’re going to go at those two tracks but we do now and at least we got a few points.”
The 2013 Australian Grand Prix race winner revealed that he has high hopes for the sport’s return to Silverstone, saying that they should be back where they should be; at the front. “Silverstone is a more normal circuit and we’ve been okay at every other permanent circuit so far this year,” he said. “There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be back to the positions we should be with this package. We just have to be patient, do our very best over the entire weekend and step by step we can start catching the leaders.”
He added that the Silverstone track is “very challenging” and “good fun to drive” and has a long history at the track from his Formula Renault days in 1999 and 2000.
Team-mate Romain Grosjean admitted that there was “not really much to tell” from his Canadian Grand Prix weekend after battling from last on the grid to 13th place. He said it was a “frustrating” race but now he is looking forward to the challenges of the Silverstone circuit.
Speaking about the difficulties a driver faces when racing around the historic track, the Frenchman said: “Silverstone is challenging, but it has a good feel. It’s one of the quickest tracks of the year, with legendary corners like the Magotts, Becketts, Chapel complex. It’s quite a feeling going through there and I can’t wait to feel that sensation once more.”
He also said that it is a “special Grand Prix” for the team due to the close proximity of the track to their factory, adding: “It’s always nice to see not only the race team, but also some of the many people from the factory who come to see is us in action. It’s all thanks to all their hard work that we’re out on track and they are all doing an amazing job, always working so hard.
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