Raikkonen: Wet track let down Lotus’s steps forward

Kimi Raikkonen disappointed with Friday mixed weather condition, most time rain hits in Hockenheim circuit.

Lotus today ran with new double DRS system but they can’t fully evaluate this in difficult condition. Friday rain come down in both 90-minute sessions, destined Lotus were not able to get in as much dry running as they had wanted.

Kimi Raikkonen finished his day tenth on the timesheets and his team done fifth fastest in second free practice.

“We didn’t learn a lot today with the weather conditions as they were; it was like Silverstone when we also didn’t have very good conditions,” said the Finn.

“We tried a few different things which I think some people noticed today. It would have been nice to have some drier track time but you can’t do anything about that.

“The track does feel quite slippery when it’s wet ; it’s definitely not very grippy in these conditions. Overall, it was a pretty normal Friday when you try different things and get as much running as the weather allows.”

For the meantime, Alan Permane, Lotus’s trackside operations director, confirmed that the team would not able to run with new double DRS system tested by Raikkonen on Friday.

“Both cars ran with aero updates, which were rather more visible on one car than the other,” he said.

“We’ve seen encouraging signs from our latest prototype concept and although we won’t race it here, it’s likely to make another appearance during practice in Budapest.”

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