In his debut in Formula 1 arena in the summer of 2012, after being retired for almost 4 years since moving to rally the world, Raikkonen struggled during qualifying last weekend's Australian Grand Prix. However, the 2007 world champion was able to rise up and gain points after finishing in seventh position on the series premiere in the Circuit Albert Park, Melbourne.
Well, it's good enough performance to make the Finnish rider is confident and sure E20 Lotus cars have a reliable competitive during the race at Sepang. Moreover, these circuits are sweet memories, because Raikkonen McLaren victory ever recorded in the last nine years.
"The car feels very good," said Raikkonen. "In my race too long stuck in the crowd (start of the sequence-18), so the car cannot be maximal, and who knows what might happen if we were in a better grid.
"This car is very fast. Throughout the qualification runs great, we can fight for the podium.
"There will be many things that can be achieved. We are studying this car, and the last race there was no chance for us to use its full potential. Hopefully Malaysia will give more."
Former Ferrari driver sees no reason why Lotus could not speed at the end of this week. Because the car was driving fine on each of the tracks that have been tested this year.
"We will try to improve performance in Malaysia," he explained. "We do not know how the car will react there, but this car is good anywhere, so hopefully still good there.
"You still need a good car (at Sepang), and it seems what we have. Hopefully we will have a better weekend than with what is happening in Australia, with no errors."
Also expressed similar expectations teammate, Romain Grosjean, who started from third place after impressing at Australia GP qualifying. According to him, in Malaysia they do not need to do a great job on the car.
"The car worked very well in Australia," said the French rider. "There are always small changes you can do, not a big job. Performance is very good car today."