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Saturday in Abu Dhabi: “I can drive normally now”

| Source: lotusf1team.com |

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Qualifying Day - Abu Dhabi, UAE

With the shorter wheelbase E21 seeming to suit the Iceman here in Abu Dhabi, a P5 qualifying performance leaves him in a confident mood heading into the race where he scored his 2012 victory

Q: HOW WAS YOUR SATURDAY IN ABU DHABI?
KR: Today wasn’t too bad overall. In the early sessions both yesterday and today I struggled a bit to get the car working how I wanted, but in the evening when the temperature is cooler it’s been much more to my liking. This is good as the race will be in the evening so we’d prefer it that way around for sure.

Q: HOW’S PROGRESS WITH YOUR RETURN TO THE SHORT WHEELBASE CAR?
KR: The short wheelbase car seems to suit my style a bit better, so hopefully we can continue this way for tomorrow. It’s not a big change, but if you can get the front end of the car as you want it there can be a big difference in how it feels. This means I can drive normally and everything comes to me as I want it. Here today it was not too bad.

Q: CAN YOU HAVE A STRONG RACE LIKE LAST YEAR?
KR: Of course, you always want to be as far up the grid as you can and we clearly weren’t the fastest today, but you never know what might happen on Sunday. Our car is usually good in the race and as long as we don’t have any issues we should be up there fighting for a good result.

Video: SkySports interview post-qualifying with Kimi

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