Kimi Raikkonen says that Mercedes will surprise quite a few people season opening race at the Australian Grand Prix. Final two days of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Barcelona Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton proved Mercedes can win races in this season.
Final day at Barcelona, Lotus F1 suffered with consistency problems and also Kimi Raikkonen not attended on Saturday testing due to sickness. Reserve driver Davide Valsecchi also get an opportunity share E21 with Romain Grosjean on Saturday and a gearbox problem on Sunday.
“For sure at least we would have made it close, but it doesn’t really matter if we made the time here or not,” Raikkonen said.
“Hopefully we can be fast at the first races. Mercedes might surprise quite a few people, but we’ve seen before last winter they were strong here and then it was a bit of a surprise they were not strong in the races. We will have to see.”
“We have to have more overall speed than last year,” he said. “If we can keep the consistency and add a bit more speed and a better result at the beginning of the year it will hopefully give us a better chance.”
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