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Raikkonen hopes for warmer temperatures

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Kimi Raikkonen was 15th in both free practice sessions on Friday © Sutton Images
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Kimi Raikkonen declared himself satisfied with the work Lotus completed on Friday but admitted he would prefer higher track temperatures on Saturday and Sunday.

A threat of rain meant that Lotus carried out its Friday schedule in a different order to usual, with Raikkonen ending the second session in 15th place over a second off the pace. However, the gap was put down to low temperatures and when asked how the car was feeling to him Raikkonen replied: "It's not too bad.

"Overall the feeling is OK, I'm probably missing a bit of overall grip but it was quite cool today and it should get a bit warmer - usually it helps us a bit to get the tyres working better. So if we can switch the tyres on slightly better I think it will help a lot but I think we should be OK."

Raikkonen admitted that higher temperatures could affect tyre wear for some teams but he said he expected it to benefit Lotus.

"Maybe for some people, maybe not, but usually when it's a bit more hot our tyres seem to work a bit better. In cool conditions we seem to find it more tricky to get them working 100% so I prefer it if it's a bit more hot."

Having run the supersoft tyres in FP1, Raikkonen added that a lack of tyres in FP2 meant his best time could be a little bit misrepresentative of his true pace.

"It's the same as every other team. We expected to have rain in the afternoon earlier so we used our supersoft tyres in the morning, but we did what we would have done in the afternoon so we didn't really lose anything. We just had one set of tyres in the afternoon so if you just look at times where you end up doesn't tell the whole story. We did what we wanted and tried different things so we more or less did what we were supposed to do."

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