• Belgian Grand Prix - FP2

Lotus not desperate to run DDRS - Raikkonen

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Kimi Raikkonen completed just nine laps on Friday © Sutton Images
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Kimi Raikkonen insists Lotus is not desperate to run its new upgrades at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend and played down the lack of running in Friday practice.

Lotus has planned to run its double DRS device at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, but wet weather during first and second practice meant the team completed very limited running on Friday with the DRS disabled. However, Raikkonen is confident his car will still be competitive even if the team does not have enough running to make a final decision on whether to race the new system.

"The weather is the same for everybody and it doesn't harm us any more than anybody else," Raikkonen said. "We have some new things that we would like to do some running with, but if we don't use them here we will use them at the next race. It's not like we're desperate. We have had the speed without the new stuff on the car, so we have to wait and see what happens tomorrow."

Romain Grosjean said Lotus would make a decision on whether to run the device after final practice.

"We'll see what we're going to do tomorrow. I don't know what has been decided yet; if we keep it on both cars, one car or none. It wasn't the best conditions - we needed a bit of dry to see if it was working as expected - but tomorrow maybe we keep it for P3 and then we take the decision."

The limited running also resulted in a disappointing show for the fans, but Raikkonen said there is not much F1 can do about the situation.

"There's nothing you can do. It's just rained too much and there's too much rain on the circuit. There's nothing you can change in the rules, the weather is what it is and unfortunately sometimes it is bad. Even in Silverstone, okay we were limited on tyres, but it was still raining too heavily to run."

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