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Raikkonen: Pirelli probably will not be so difficult

The Finn Kimi Raikkonen is self-confident that possibly he will drive problem less with Pirelli rubber in next season for Lotus Renault GP. After two year break Kimi come-back with Lotus Renault GP machine.

Kimi last Grand Prix he drove with Bridgestone tyre, it was too different with existing Pirelli. In 2011 the new P Zeros have been engineered to degrade at a faster rate and that has caught some experienced hands, such as Mark Webber, off guard.

“The biggest difference is the tyres as it takes some time to learn how to use them the best way,” he told Turun Sanomat. “But it was more difficult when I changed from the Michelin to the Bridgestone tyres. Now, I haven’t driven on F1 tyres for two years so I did not get used to something else. In this way it will certainly be easier. I have talked to my friend Pedro de la Rosa and from what he told me, they [Pirelli] feel pretty good, with good grip from the outset, which for me is important.”

“I can drive this year’s car as long as it is on GP2 tyres. Just a familiarisation. I don’t know the schedule yet but when the new car comes I will test it.” He added.

“It probably will not be so difficult,” Raikkonen said. “I drove F1 cars for a long time, and the last time was with the KERS and with a lot of buttons on the steering wheel.”

Kimi Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson said his driver was very eager to come back to F1 and possibly should not have left the sport at the end of 2009 when he was replaced at Ferrari by Fernando Alonso.

“He is back where he should be,” Robertson said. “My personal opinion is that when he left F1 after 2009 he was too young and too good to be doing so. He still has a lot to give to the sport, and when he asked us to explore the possibilities, he was constantly pushing us forward.

“Everyone seems to know about our discussions with Williams. They continued for many weeks but on some of the things we could not agree. Then shortly before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix we started talking with Eric Boullier. Both sides wanted to come to an agreement quickly.”


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