Kimi Raikkonen: 'The heat helped Lotus Renault'

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen walks away after the third free practise session ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 23, 2013
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Kimi Raikkonen believes that the heat in Germany helped Lotus in qualifying.

Lotus Renault driver Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that the hot conditions helped his team during qualifying for the German Grand Prix.

Raikkonen, who finished fourth ahead of teammate Romain Grosjean, said that the performance could have been even better but for being stuck behind other cars during his out-lap.

"[Our qualifying performance] has been good," Autosport quotes Raikkonen as saying. "It helped that it was a bit more hot.

"I think we had the chance to be in third place but I had some traffic on the out-lap and didn't really get their (the tyres) performance to work as we wanted to."

Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole for tomorrow's race.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix on April 13, 2013
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