Raikkonen again opts to drive shorter wheel-base Lotus E21 in Austin
9 November, 2013
It is no secret that in the latter half of the season Kimi Raikkonen has struggled to match the pace of Lotus teammate Romain Grosjean and in Abu Dhabi the Finn tried to address the issue by reverting to the older version of the Lotus E21, the shorter wheel-base model. He intends to use the same car at the United States Grand Prix.
Raikkonen explained, “It has a better feeling for me and seems to make it easier for me to get more of what I want from the car. We’ve been trying to get rid of understeer to get the car more as I want it and the shorter car helps with this.”
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier backs Raikkonen’s decision, “It’s a matter of setup and getting the car exactly as the driver wants it. Romain prefers and gets more out of the longer wheelbase, while Kimi prefers and gets more out of the shorter wheelbase.”
“We are able to run with both configurations without issue so this is what we’re doing. If either driver wants to change configuration again then of course we can do this, but it’s not a quick job,” added the team boss.
The E21 which Raikkonen has opted to use is about 10 cm shorter than the one Grosjean will use in Austin. (GP247)
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