Kimi quer tempo quente na Alemanha!


Iceman wants hot weather

Raikkonen hoping for a sunny race in Germany

Kimi Raikkonen believes Lotus have the pace to take their first victory of the season at this weekend's German Grand Prix if the weather is hot.
The Enstone-based team last won a race in 2008, when the team - then called Renault - took victory with Fernando Alonso in Japan.

The team, though, have shown good pace throughout the 2012 season and in particular have been able to look after their tyres better their rivals, giving Raikkonen and team-mate Romain Grosjean frontrunning pace towards the end of the races.

"We've got a good car, we understand the tyres quite well, we've shown that we can be fast and race well... there's no reason why we shouldn't be fighting for another podium," Raikkonen said.

"Some hot weather would be good. Usually in Hockenheim it has been very hot and everybody has had problems with the tyres going off.

"Obviously, for us, the hot weather suits the car fine. Our car prefers the hot temperatures and in the long runs it's not that hard on tyres. Let's have some real summer weather in Hockenheim."

Grosjean added: "The car was working fantastically well (at Silverstone), while again with the tyres we managed something that no-one else I think was able to achieve.

"The key is trying to go quick without killing your tyres. It is a mix of a few things - including the car for sure and your driving style."

Team Principal Eric Boullier agrees with his drivers that the Lotus car is capable of taking victory on Sunday.

"Winning could be seen as a reasonable target considering our recent level of performance," the Frenchman said.

"This said, a podium could also be a fair goal to envisage. In Hockenheim, some interesting development parts will appear on Friday. We're pushing, you see. We leave no stone unturned and want to have a much better second half of the championship."

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