Kimi Raikkonen says he is eager to have a "normal" grand prix weekend to figure out where Lotus stands, after adding a fifth place at Sepang to his seventh-place finish in Melbourne.
The Formula 1 returnee started 17th in Australia after a mistake and a timing misjudgment, then had to take a gearbox change grid penalty at Sepang which put him 10th on the grid, before recovering for a top five finish in the wet/dry race.
"Hopefully we can get a normal race next time," said Raikkonen. "All the time there is something going wrong or the weather changes a lot. It would be nice to just have a normal weekend and just see where we are. Right now, nobody really knows where anybody is. But we seem to have a pretty strong package everywhere."
Raikkonen felt he could have done better in Malaysia if he had managed more wet running in winter testing.
"I didn't have any experience on the inter tires or the wet tires," he said. "We'd only done one installation lap and it was a bit of an odd feeling to go directly into the race with tires we hadn't run.
"I just tried to stay with the others and stay on the circuit, and then pushed harder and harder. It took a few laps for me to pick up speed when I changed to dries, but after that it was OK."