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F1: Must aim to beat Lotus, says McLaren


Jenson Button might have clocked the fastest time in the second practice session at the Monaco Grand Prix, but the McLaren driver isn't resting easy. The 2009 world champion believes that the cars to watch out for this weekend are the Lotuses of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. Button declared that the pace of the Lotus car was something to watch out for and that the team was quick no matter when they went out in the session.

Lewis Hamilton, Button's McLaren team-mate, agreed saying that Lotus seemed to have gotten it right this weekend. This means that Kimi Raikkonen could score his first victory since his comeback at the Monaco GP.


Meanwhile the Lotus team has forbidden their star driver from taking part in the Rally of Finland. While Raikkonen's contract prevents him from taking part in rallying, he had requested special permission to take part in his home event. However, Lotus boss Eric Boullier declared that the memories of Robert Kubica's crash are still too fresh in the memory of the team and that keeping that in mind, they would not let Kimi rally. Boullier went on to say that the matter had been discussed and closed.