The Finn drove a storming race to finish second in Korea despite starting from ninth on the grid. Qualifying hasn’t been the 2007 world champion’s strong point this season and he feels that if he can start higher up on the grid, there’s a chance that he could challenge for victory.
When asked if there was a chance of adding another win to his tally by the end of 2013 he said: “If we can improve our performance on Saturdays then there’s always a chance, so we’ll keep trying for sure and see what we can do.”
Suzuka is regarded as one of Raikkonen’s top three favourite tracks, alongside Monaco and Spa. He feels that it is a real challenge for drivers and is a “proper” track: “Normally it doesn’t make too much difference to me where we race as long as we have a good result then I’ll enjoy it but Suzuka is a track I look forward to every season. It’s a proper circuit that’s been around for a many years, and you can understand why as it’s a challenge for the drivers and usually makes for some good racing too. It’s fast, technical and there are some good places to overtake, which to me is what racing should be about.”
Team-mate Romain Grosjean is also a fan of the circuit and has been looking forward to the race ever since he took the chequered flag last time out in Korea: “I know I won’t be the first one to say this, but Suzuka is definitely my favourite circuit of the year. Every driver has races that are special to them for one reason or another, a home Grand Prix, or the venue for their first win maybe but I think if you ask most racers they will tell you there’s just something about this place that’s a little bit different.”
He added: “This will be only my third time driving the track, but I’ve been looking forward to it ever since the flag dropped in Korea; it’s simply fantastic.”
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