Saturday, May 5, 2012

Raikkonen: Victory Being Major Target Now

Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen insists that the current Lotus has set a target of winning. 2007 world champion statement refers to the last in the Bahrain Grand Prix, where his team placed two riders at once on the podium.

In the race at Sakhir Circuit, based in Enstone team is impressing so Raikkonen on the podium number two, followed by Romain Grosjean. Then in three days of practice this week at the Mugello circuit, Grosjean showed their consistency by being the fastest in the last two days.

Well, that's what makes the optimistic Raikkonen could make the determination. So, no exaggeration to former Ferrari driver is revealed on the eve of the Spanish GP, which will take place next week. He was convinced, could prosper like Lotus Red Bull Racing and McLaren, who regularly achieve victory.

"I've never had a doubt in me, and it is clear that we have a good car, so in some ways the platform could come much sooner," he said.

"We already have a car that was there in the first three races, but we made some small mistakes and it will be costly. I will be much happier if we had won the victory, though it is a good result and the team deserves it for all the work severity. So far we've been good in every race, so hopefully we will become a regular visitor at the podium of the season.

"I'm here to race, and I race to win. It is my goal and the team. We want to win the Grand Prix. We have a good car and we saw in Bahrain has been good enough to win. That's the target."

Raikkonen added that he felt confident Lotus E20 is tough in Spain, although he expects the race will be held tight.

"(Cataluña is) a challenging circuit - fun with a nice car, but not too good with the car are not so good," he said. "Usually the speeding car well in Barcelona drove well too in other places. We have a good car there for second pre-season tests. Car was better, and I feel more comfortable using it.

"I hope that Lotus is very competitive in Barcelona. It will be very, very close between the teams at the top. This is the only circuit where teams have to feel it with a new car, and the setting is very important because changes in wind and temperature on the track. All the team has done an update for the first race in Europe, which of course makes it more appealing and more restrictive to competition in the up position. "

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