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Raikkonen hoping for podium at last in Singapore

After coming close in 2008 the Finn is hoping to finally score a top three finish at Marina Bay while Grosjean looks forward to race in a circuit that suits better the Lotus E21.
Saturday, September 14, 2013

September 14th, 2013 (F1plus/R. Baillie).- Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen is hoping to finally break his Singapore duck and finish on the podium next weekend following two non-points scoring weekends in Spa and Monza.

Perhaps, lifting some of the pressure off after his confirmed signage with Ferrari for 2014 will contribute to concentrate in plain racing, something surely Raikkonen welcomes.

“I have some unfinished business after my three Grands Prix there so far, as I enjoy the circuit but have not yet had a podium. That doesn’t mean I’m not quick there as I’ve been told I still hold the lap record from 2008.” Raikkonen said.

The Finn thinks the low downforce Marina Bay street circuit will suit the E21 and is targeting a podium finish

“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. We seem to go better at high downforce circuits that’s for sure.” Raikkonen said.

“Obviously, the podium is a target again. We’ve had two races without scoring any points so we need to score as many as we can in the remaining races this season.”

Teammate Romain Grosjean echoed Raikkonen’s comments, feeling the circuit should be better suited to the car.

“It’s a very high downforce track and that seems to suit us best as we saw in Budapest.” Grosjean said.

The Frenchman is looking forward to the race and says the 5.067km circuit isn’t one where you can take a rest.

“It’s a fun layout to drive, with the last section being my favourite part of the track. It’s certainly a physical race, with lots of kerbs, some bumps on the track and frequent use of the brakes. It’s certainly not a circuit with a long straight where you can take a rest!”

After being confirmed as Fernando Alonso’s teammate at Ferrari for 2014 and 2015, Raikkonen hopes it will finally mean no more questions about next year.

“Hopefully it means I won’t be asked so much where I’m driving next year, but maybe it means more questions.”
 

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