Raikkonen says camber restrictions are hampering qualifying cure

Kimi Raikkonen says his chances of curing his qualifying issues are hampered by the tyre usage restrictions imposed over the second half of the 2013 Formula 1 campaign

Raikkonen says camber restrictions are hampering qualifying cure

As revealed by AUTOSPORT, Raikkonen believes his drop in qualifying form is because the new Pirelli tyres used since the Hungarian Grand Prix do not suit his driving style.

Although he has made some progress on the issue in recent races, he revealed ahead of the Indian GP that he is being limited in what he can do by the camber and pressure restrictions that Pirelli has imposed on safety grounds.

"The limits on the cambers and pressures, they add up to a lot," he said, when asked by AUTOSPORT about how he was coping with the matter.

"There are not many things you can do, and unfortunately we are a bit stuck. If we were free to do with the cambers what we want, it would be a much easier thing.

"But that is how it is. I think for one lap it is an issue - but in the race it is not so much because you don't push as much in certain places

"Hopefully we can try to do other things, but then you start hurting in places that you were fine before.

"It is a never ending story and we are not really getting anywhere - so we have to try to figure it out. It is what it is, but we are not worried by it.

"In certain places yes I could go faster, but we have to try to live with it."

Despite fearing that the usage limits will prevent a total cure for his problems he thinks that some progress is being made.

"We have some plans and hopefully we can improve it a bit," he said. "I am sure we can do better than the last few races."

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