Raikkonen pleased with start

Kimi Raikkonen feels he has made a positive return to to Formula One (33/1 World Drivers’ Championship 2012) after two races and claims Lotus has “the pace to be at the front” if they can get Lady Luck on their side.

The 32-year-old Finnish driver made his return to the sport for this season and, despite a poor qualifying session in Australia and a grid penalty in Malaysia, he still managed to pick up seventh and fifth-placed finishes respectively to sit seventh in the early standings.

Lotus (33/1 Constructors’ Championship) has also had some problems with the upper front wishbone rear arm of the E20 during testing, while Raikkonen was hindered by issues in the opening two races.

Therefore Raikkonen, who won the world drivers’ title in 2007 before taking a two-year break from F1 after the 2009 season, is confident things can only get better for both him and his team ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix (20/1 Race Winner) on Sunday week.

“I think we’ve got off to an encouraging start,” he told the Lotus website.

“It’s been frustrating sometimes with the chassis issues in testing, the qualifying mix-up in Australia and the gearbox change in Malaysia, but we’ve shown we can deal with any problems and come back stronger.

“It feels like I’ve never been away; the team has done a good job and I’m working well with them which makes things easier. The car feels good and we clearly have the pace to be at the front; we just need some better luck.”

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