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Still work to do for Raikkonen

9 February 2013 03:58

Kimi Raikkonen has dismissed his fastest lap in Formula One testing at Jerez, declaring there is plenty of work to be done at Lotus.

The 2007 world champion set the pace on Friday with a blistering time of one minute 18.148 seconds off 83 laps.

"We were at the top of the timing monitors, but that means nothing in testing," Raikkonen said.

"Our focus has been testing parts on the car, but I've also been able to get the setup more to my liking.

"For sure, there's more work to be done in this area, but that's what we go testing for.

"The car feels strong and we seem to have a good idea of where we're going with improvements."

Raikkonen, who finished third in the drivers' standings last season, said he was pleased by the progress made at Jerez.

"The car seems pretty good," he said.

"We've made a lot of setup changes and worked through a lot of things in Jerez but it all seems positive.

"My first feeling of the car is good, so that's the main thing.

"For sure, there are some areas we have to work on, but I'm happy so far."

The 2013 season gets underway in Melbourne next month.

"We had some small issues over the last two days, but that's what you expect in testing and it's better to have the issues now rather than when you get to the grands prix," Raikkonen said.

"We've just done two days of testing so far and there's plenty of work still to do before we head to Melbourne."

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