Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen is being tipped to fight for pole position at the season opener in Australia next month, and the world championship in 2013.
“I am quite sure Kimi will fight for the championship,” fellow Finn Mika Salo, now a commentator for the MTV3 broadcaster, said.
After two seasons in rallying, 2007 world champion Raikkonen returned to formula one with Lotus last year, finishing the championship third and winning in Abu Dhabi.
“Last year he was not able to consistently show good results all of the time, and the team made mistakes that should not be repeated,” said former Sauber and Ferrari driver Salo.
“It is clear that the Lotus has now improved. I have no doubt that, in Australia, Kimi will fight for pole position.”
The third and final pre-season test takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona this week.
The four day test which begins on Thursday provides the eleven teams with their final chance to test their cars before the Australian Grand Prix.
In a first for the sport, testing will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 and in 3D, with the final two hours of each day being broadcast live.
With the first two tests taking place in largely fine and dry weather, the first two days of the final test look set to be affected by wet conditions.
|Red Bull||M. Webber||M. Webber||S. Vettel||S. Vettel|
|Ferrari||F. Massa||F. Alonso||F. Massa||F. Alonso|
|McLaren||S. Perez||J. Button||S. Perez||J. Button|
|Lotus||R. Grosjean||R. Grosjean||K. Raikkonen||K. Raikkonen|
|Mercedes||L. Hamilton||N. Rosberg||L. Hamilton||N. Rosberg|
|Sauber||E. Gutierrez||N. Hulkenberg||E. Gutierrez||N. Hulkenberg|
|Williams||V. Bottas||V. Bottas||P. Maldonado||P. Maldonado|
|Toro Rosso||J. Vergne||D. Ricciardo||J. Vergne||D. Ricciardo|