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Raikkonen will only shine in an excellent car – Lauda

Former triple time world champion says that Raikkonen move well for Lotus [Renault], and he added 2007 world champion will only shine in an excellent car. Kimi is come to F1 this season with many speculations, after his world title in 2007 with Ferrari and Finn leaving from F1 and join WRC.

“Its excellent news that he will be back,” Niki Lauda told Autosport. “He is an exceptional personality and will create huge interest and excitement with media and fans.

“It is a good move for Renault or Lotus as the team is called now. It depends on how good the car will be, because Kimi will only shine in an excellent car.”

“Sebastian has gained a lot of confidence last year, and doesn’t make mistakes. He will be the benchmark again. Whoever wants to beat him must rely on a perfect car. Right now nobody knows how the new cars will perform. However, from a logical point of view, Red Bull should be out in front again because they only have to modify the exhaust and the diffuser.

“The loss in down-force will be regained by aerodynamic improvements. The question is: who will find the smartest solutions? Who had a very good car in 2011 has the advantage now too. Red Bull had an excellent car last year and they only need to do further developments whereas, say, Mercedes have to build a proper new car. That includes the risk of going in the wrong direction, though they added some well-known technicians. The same for Ferrari.

“It is easier to improve from a solid basis than to start from scratch. Having said that, we all have to wait for the first tests.”


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