Kimi Raikkonen is targeting to complete some “unfinished business” next weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix, when the Formula 1 fraternity reconvenes around the illuminated streets. The Finn has never finished on the podium at Singapore, after retiring during the maiden race in 2008 and finishing 10th in 2009 and 6th last season.
After officially confirming his plans for next season, Kimi Raikkonen will be aiming to return his attention to the remaining races of the year as the 2007 World Champion continues to battle at the sharp-end of the Drivers’ Championship with the likes of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. With the Finn failing to score points in the last two races, he will understandably be eager to return to action with a competitive finish around the streets of Singapore.
During the 2013 season, Kimi Raikkonen has been regarded as one of the most consistent drivers on the grid. Although the Finn has won only one Grand Prix so far this season, he has finished in the points at no less than nine races including five podium finishes. Despite this incredible run of consistency, which initially began at the Bahrain Grand Prix last season, the former McLaren driver failed to finish in the points at both the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix, the first time he has failed to do so on a consecutive basis since way back in 2009.
“I have some unfinished business after my three Grands Prix there [in Singapore] so far, as I enjoy the circuit but have not yet had a podium.” Explained Kimi Raikkonen, “That doesn’t mean I’m not quick there as I’ve been told I still hold the lap record from 2008. I crashed while fighting for 5th place that year, finished down in 10th in 2009, and took 6th last season, so I want more this time.”
Lotus has endured two tough Grand Prix weekends at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, due largely to the low-downforce nature of the two iconic circuits. However, next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix around the tight and twisty street circuit will mark a return of a high-downforce circuit. Naturally Kimi Raikkonen is confident that such an occurrence should enable both himself and team-mate Romain Grosjean to excel during the weekend, however the Finn has stated that his car behaved well around the low-downforce Autodromo di Monza last time out.
“After these two weekends with zero points it’s nice to get back to a circuit we expect to be more suited to our car.” Continued Kimi Raikkonen, “We seem to go better at high-downforce circuits that’s for sure. The car actually worked surprisingly well at Monza during the race so it was a shame we lost so much time at the start. After getting the new nose, our race pace was not too bad.”
With seven races remaining this season, Kimi Raikkonen will unquestionably be striving to secure at least one more race victory for Lotus before his highly-anticipated return to Ferrari, which has dominated the sport’s headlines in recent days. Although Sebastian Vettel seems set on securing his fourth successive Drivers’ Crown, Kimi Raikkonen will remain fixed on the battle for 2nd along with his future team-mate Fernando Alonso.
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