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F1: Kimi awaiting feedback from hard tires

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen has had some tough battles during recent races, especially last time out in Singapore where he battled with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton for the majority of the race.

Kimi took the final step of the rostrum away from Hamilton in the middle of the race only to have the Mercedes driver perform the undercut in his final pitstop and reclaim third place from the Finn, leaving him to cross the line in a disappointing fourth palce.

Now we come to Sepang, a race where his teammate, Sebastian Vettel took victory last season, however, Kimi is wary about the Hard tyres that will be in use on the Sepang circuit as well as the fact that he knows they just aren’t quite there in terms of pace…..

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 “This is one of the few races in which we have to use the hard tires, but the conditions here are different from some other places where we have used them: it’s very hot and the track has a completely new surface,” he explained. “So it might be that the hards are the best tires in race conditions and it might be not. From tomorrow we’ll know.”

“It’s hard to know where we are on pure speed, in the last races we have been a little bit behind, but in race conditions we are usually a bit stronger. If we can have a weekend in good form and with no mistakes, we can be up there and give ourselves a good chance to fight at the front.”

“Then, for the end result, we can only do our best. Obviously our aim is to win. Will it be possible? I have no idea. Hopefully we’ll find out that we are in a strong position.”

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