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MOTORSPORT: Raikkonen stays upbeat, despite crash in practice
11:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in Sport
Kimi Raikkonen reflected on a positive day’s practice, despite crashing his Lotus car into the barriers at the Yeongam circuit.
The Finn had no ill effects from his crash at the end yesterday’s first practice session, when he lost control through the penultimate corner and crashed into a wall on the exit of the last bend.
Raikkonen recovered to finish eighth in second practice, with Romain Grosjean, his teammate at Enstone-based Lotus, sixth.
“Obviously it didn’t help that I destroyed part of the car this morning; maybe I ran out of talent there!” said Raikkonen.
“It didn’t cause too much damage and the car was fine for the second practice, even if the guys had quite a hurry to fix it.
“They did a good job and we managed to complete everything we wanted today.”
Raikkonen’s fastest lap was 1min 39.757secs, with Grosjean clocking 1.39.226.
The Finn reckoned he had not crashed in practice since 2007, but said his back was “pretty okay” afterwards.
Raikkonen added: “The car feels quite strong – especially on the long runs – so that’s good news for the race.
“On the short runs it wasn’t exactly as I wanted, but we still have some time to make improvements there.”
Grosjean said: “My first two runs this morning weren’t perfect, so we decided to change a few things during the break, but that didn’t exactly go to plan either.
“Finding the right balance for a full lap here is quite tricky as the different sectors are quite unique from each other, but eventually we returned to a more conventional set-up for a run on the option tyres and the car felt much better.”
He added: “We were half a second from the leaders today, which is a bit of a gap and they look pretty quick, so I think top five is a realistic target in qualifying.
“The Red Bulls will be hard to beat once again as I don’t think they showed us everything they have today.
“But of course we’ll do our best to catch them.”
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