Kimi Raikkonen is confident that he will break through for a grand prix win for Lotus in 2012, after finishing on the podium at the last two races.
After following Sebastian Vettel home in Bahrain, Raikkonen was amongt the frontrunners again in Spain, eventually finishing third behind Pastor Maldonado and Fernando Alonso. While he was slightly disappointed with the result, the 2007 World Champion said that he is now confident that the car is capable of winning races this year.
"I am a bit disappointed because if we had done everything right in the first part of the race, we could have put ourselves in first place," he said. "There is no issue with the speed of the car, but it is so close between all the teams that if you have a small problem or a small issue it can cost you a lost. Our car can do it, but everything has to fall in the right place to be able to win.
"If you get the chance you should take it. Hopefully we can keep doing what we are doing now. We will see when we can win but so far it is a good step and the car feels strong everywhere."
Raikkonen added that if the Spanish Grand Prix had been 10 laps longer, he would have been capable of fighting Maldonado for the win.
"I had a very good start and had chance to overtake on the outside, but we did not have enough speed and I hit the limiter in fifth position," he said. "The first stint was OK, but I didn't have the speed to stay with [the leaders]. It was a bit disappointing. We changed the tires and it seemed to be pretty good, but we were too far away. We needed 10 more laps and we could have fought for the win."