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Raikkonen: Difficult to predict Chinese Grand Prix

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Season opening Grand Prix winner Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen says that Chinese Grand Prix is always difficult to predict what will happen.

Last race at Malaysia the Finn finished seventh place during the difficult condition and he dropped down to second in the Drivers’ standings, now he trails Vettel by nine points.

Kimi also admits that currently Lotus little bit more lucky with the Pirelli performance. Lotus are ready for achieve points from China with E21’s latest upgrades including tweaks to the front wing, rear wind end-plates and seedpods vanes. Even as he added that rain will be difficult for Lotus at China.

“It’s always difficult to predict what will happen in the next race as we haven’t been there yet with this car, and every car reacts differently to each circuit. Kimi said.

“Unfortunately we didn’t achieve any points there last year so we can only improve from that. I have been first, second and third in Shanghai in previous years so it would be nice to add to that list.”

“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t go well there; we have some new parts for the E21 and the last upgrades we had seemed to help so it will be interesting to see what will happen if it doesn’t rain. (Last year) there was some good racing and it looked like a strong result could have been possible, but we ran out of rubber during the final stint and didn’t score any points.”

“Hopefully we’ll be a little bit more lucky with the tyre performance this time and well prepared from a strategy point of view. We had the race pace in 2012, that’s true, but we tried to carry on with our tyres for too long. They dropped off, and that was it.”

“On the other hand without trying to push with those tactics, we would never have been fighting for top positions. If you look at last year we didn’t have a bad car for China, and if we get the car working as well as we did on Friday at Sepang, we should do well in Shanghai too.”

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