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Raikkonen Aiming to Improve Qualifying

To stand a chance of winning the championship, the Finn is aiming to improving in qualifying
Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 17th, 2013 (F1plus)/R. Baillie).- As Formula One prepares for the second half of the season, Kimi Raikkonen admits that he needs to start winning and improve on Saturday’s to have a good shot at winning the drivers championship.

When asked where improvements could be found the Finn said, “Well, obviously I keep making my life difficult on Saturdays in qualifying so then we pay a price”.

He went on to say “To win, it’s always better to be starting near the front.”

The four-time winner of the Belgian Grand Prix said he also needed to focus on winning more races, “we need to be winning races and if we keep finishing second like we’ve done many times this year it’s probably not going to be enough for the championship, but you never know what might happen.”

Turning his attention to next weekend's race, the Finn is hoping for his hoping this will be the year he takes his fifth win at the circuit, “I have been on the top step of the podium a few times at Spa and I want to be there again”.

Luckily for him, Lotus are bringing a big upgrade package to the Belgian Grand Prix to help them sustain their competitiveness throughout the second half of the season.

With some teams already turning their attention to their 2014 car, Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier thinks that may benefit the Enstone based team.

“I think we will see most of the teams - with the exception maybe of Red Bull - slowing right down in their development of this year's cars in preparation for the challenge of 2014” he said.

“With this in mind I think we are in a very strong position for the second half of the season, as our car is currently competing at the very front of the pack”.

Thanks to a very consistent season from Raikkonen, Lotus sits currently fourth in the constructor’s championship, but aims to move up to second.
 

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