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Raikkonen 11th on pure pace

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Kimi Raikkonen said 11th place in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix was a fair reflection of the Lotus pace this weekend.

With both Raikkonen and team-mate Romain Grosjean dropping out in Q2 it is the first time that Lotus doesn't have a car in the top ten this season. However, Raikkonen said he wasn't surprised by the result of qualifying as Lotus was just not quick enough on a low-downforce track to qualify much higher.

"That's our speed," Raikkonen said. "I was expecting to have a difficult weekend anyhow; it was last year and this has not been much better. It's just that when we have to take a lot of front wing out and run this kind of configuration it's not very good for us. Maybe we were close to getting through to Q3 but I think the end result would have been quite similar so this is just our speed.

"It's not a good thing for us when we can't run the normal wings and we seem to suffer. The balance wasn't bad but we don't seem to have enough grip. It's just how it is."

Raikkonen was also optimistic that he would be able to move forward from his starting position in the race.

"I think we are usually better in the race conditions tough; we should be better but it's not going to turn things upside down. It's going to be a hard, very difficult race but I'm sure we can do better than what we achieved today. It's very close on the lap times up to maybe sixth place so we should be able to fight."

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