Raikkonen again opts to drive shorter wheel-base Lotus E21 in Austin

9 November, 2013

Kimi Raikkonen drives the short wheel-base Lotus E21 in Abu Dhabi

Kimi Raikkonen drives the short wheel-base Lotus E21 in Abu Dhabi

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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  • Boycotthehaters

    Wow, kimi losing interest and falling behind a teammate. Haven’t seen that before, oh wait. … yes I have.

  • McLarenfan

    So all the reports of Kimi swapping Nico H as we suspected are BULL Sh1t.

  • ZombieJebus

    I’m sure Kimi will give 100%, lololololololololololol!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Boycotthehaters

    Hahahah so true

  • Grant

    Kimi has had a weird bad streak lately, he’s been slow in qualifying the past few races apart from the last one, however he has been much faster than Grosjean in the race if you look at the times. The Indian race was a complete mess, he did like 51 laps on those tyres, not even Geosjean did as many and Kimi’s tyres then went off and they didn’t bother pitting him, they just kept him lapping round…..

    I just think lack of him being paid all year, Lotus mistakes in strategy and the floor in the last race + Kimi’s mistakes in quali have all come together at one time.

    I don’t think he cares now since he cannot win the WDC any more and he signed Ferrari.

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    Regards -Marietta

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