Raikkonen not complaining about Pirelli

Raikkonen said new Pirelli tyres are not perfect, but he doesn't understand why people are complaining so much

Apr.17 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen has refused to join the chorus of criticism of this year's Pirelli tyres.

Currently just three points shy of leading the 2013 world championship, the Finn won the season opening Australian Grand Prix and finished second in Shanghai.

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus F1 Team
Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus F1 Team

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In China, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton said making Pirelli's soft tyre last more than just a few corners was "almost impossible".

"But everyone has the same (challenge) ... except for this guy," he said, turning to Lotus' Raikkonen.

"He seems to be able to look after them a little bit better than most people," Hamilton added.

Indeed, Raikkonen said he doesn't know what all the fuss is about regarding Pirelli's supposedly-disintegrating 2013 tyres.

He said before this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix: "It's never perfect. You can't always push 100 per cent.

"(But) it's not really any different from last year – at least for us anyway – so I don't really understand why people are complaining."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Lewis Hamilton
Teams Mercedes , Lotus F1 Team
Article type Commentary
Tags lotus, pirelli, raikkonen, tyres