Kimi Raikkonen pleased by Lotus good start

Raikkonen pleased by good start
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Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen is encouraged by his side's good start to the Formula 1 season.

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen believes that his team can take a lot of positives from their start to the new season.

The Finn returned to the sport after a two year absence and, despite a few technical problems, is happy with how the campaign has begun.

"I think we've got off to an encouraging start," said Raikkonen.

"It's been frustrating sometimes with the chassis issues in testing, the qualifying mix-up in Australia and the gearbox change in Malaysia, but we've shown we can deal with any problems and come back stronger.

"It feels like I've never been away; the team has done a good job and I'm working well with them which makes things easier. The car feels good and we clearly have the pace to be at the front; we just need some better luck."

The 2007 world champion finished seventh in his first race in Australia before an impressive fifth-placed finish in Malaysia.

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