Kimi: Lotus will win a race
Kimi Raikkonen is confident Lotus will win a grand prix but has downplayed the chances of that happening in Monaco.
The Lotus driver heads to Monte Carlo on the back of two successive podium finishes, having claimed second in Bahrain and third in Spain.
But whether the top step beckons on the challenging street circuit that is the Monaco Grand Prix he isn't saying.
"Monaco is a little bit different and it's hard to say how it will go there," he said.
"The team has done a good job so far and we still have work to do and things to improve. So far it's going well and I'm happy with it.
"OK, we're not 100 per cent satisfied with it because we are not winning but that's a very normal thing and I'm pleased for the team."
He added: "It's useless to put races in different categories, because all of them are as important to me.
"However, as a special race there is nothing like Monaco. There is no better feeling than to get things going well in there.
"To race in the streets of Monte Carlo is really different from everywhere else; a challenge I look forward to every year. It is very, very difficult, almost impossible, to have a clean weekend there."
Pressed as to whether a race win is on the cards for his team this season, the 2007 World Champ said: "To be on the podium twice already is good. Unfortunately you're not always going to get there.
"If you get the chance, you should take it because it's not every race that you will be able to fight for that position.
"Hopefully we can keep doing what we're doing now and at a certain point I'm sure that things will go exactly right and we'll get there.
"So far we've made good steps forward and the car has been strong everywhere."