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Raikkonen - Lotus can improve but not to Red Bull’s level

Red Bull’s dominance on Friday has left Raikkonen only concerned about improving the pace of his car
Friday, September 20, 2013

SINGAPORE, September 20th, 2013 (Jacob Polychronis) - Kimi Raikkonen has conceded the weekend to Red Bull after their dominant display in practice on Friday in Singapore.

Raikkonen, who has been under the media’s spotlight in Singapore since signing for Ferrari, posted a time of 1:45.778, the eighth fastest time of the evening FP2 session.

The time was far from challenging either Red Bull, particularly Sebastian Vettel who was 1.529 seconds faster than Raikkonen.

 “They (Red Bull) were much faster than anybody else,” said Raikkonen. “But, just talking about my own lap time, I’m sure we can do much better but I don’t think we can match Red Bull.”

Looking towards qualifying

Speed over one lap will be critical in Singapore considering its limited overtaking opportunities. This is a key area in which Raikkonen is optimistic in improving.

“The car felt okay today but tomorrow is a different day.

“We will have to see what we did today and try to improve tomorrow. - We can improve.”

The new Singapore Sling

Furthermore, Raikkonen weighed in on driving the new Turn 10 for the first time. Disliked by the majority of drivers, the old "Singapore Sling" has been replaced by a more conventional left-hander. Raikkonen, similar to most drivers, was pleased with first impressions of the redevelopment.   

“Yeah (turn 10 is) much better. It is a normal corner now – it was nothing before. It was just there to slow us down and there was no reason to have it.”

“No not really (it hasn’t changed our set up) because it wasn’t a proper chicane. It’s much safer now – much better for everybody. 

Cars will head out tomorrow for a one hour practice session at 18:00 local time, before qualifying at 21:00.  

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