April 14th, 2013 (F1plus).- It was a good day overall for the Enstone based team of Lotus. His undisputable number one driver, Kimi Raikkonen, finished in second place and left the good feeling that much more can be achieve and championship hopes are pretty much possible.
“Second wasn’t quite what we wanted, but in the circumstances it was the best that we could manage today. I’m not 100% happy because we didn’t win, but it is what it is and second place is a good result after a bad start and the incident with Sergio Perez.
"It was quite difficult out there; obviously the car is not designed like that otherwise we would use it all the time, but I was surprised how good it was still.
"Of course there were some handling issues which was not ideal, but we just had to try to live with it and we still had pretty okay speed.” Said Raikkonen.
The same luck did not followed Romain Grosjean who started sixth and could not hold his position by crossing chequered flag in ninth. Still, a point finish.
“It was a long, tough race and again we not able to make it work quite as well as we wanted. I’m definitely not happy with ninth place; we started P6 and thought we had a good chance to end up within the top five, but unfortunately we could not manage it.
"I did as much as I could, but I couldn’t get the performance I wanted and being in traffic of course affects this. It was good to score some points for the team, but I want more in Bahrain for sure.” Said Grosjean.
It is easy to relate to management, as they are surely happy with having a driver of the caliber of Raikkonen who today completed his 24th straight points finish in Formula 1.
"Kimi showed once more why he’s one of the very best drivers in the world by being one of the fastest on track despite sustaining damage to his car. As a team we were able to give him a good strategy allowing us to beat Lewis [Hamilton] and Mercedes in a close battle." Said Eric Boullier, Team Principal.
As for the Frenchman, he is confident better results will just come.
"Romain had a more difficult day, but he scored points in another race which is positive and we feel he’s reached a turning point now where things will start coming together.
Without the poor start and without the incident for Kimi then we definitely would have fought for a win today.” Boullier said in reference to the team victory chances in China.