GP Ungheria, commenti post qualifiche–27/07/2013
Kimi Räikkönen Confident Places to be Gained at the Hungaroring
How was qualifying for you?
It hasn’t been the easiest weekend for me so far. Maybe the new tyres are a bit different – especially on the front – so it’s been hard to find a good setup. We’re getting there little by little and the car was definitely better in qualifying than at any other point this weekend. Obviously P6 is not ideal, but it’s better than we have seen sometimes this season so we’ll try and see what we can do tomorrow. It’s not so easy to overtake here, but we have seen in past years that if you can run with the tyres well you can make a lot of places, so let’s see what we can do.
How far forwards do you think you can move from sixth?
You can see a lot of places won or lost during a race; even at a track where overtaking is not easy. We’ll do our best and if we can make the car work well with the tyres then we could move forwards. We made up a lot of places here last year so there always could be chances to improve our position.
Will the car’s tendency for strong performance in the heat – and in race conditions – help you?
We have new tyres so no-one knows how they will work in the race. It’s too early to say now, but we’ll know afterwards for sure.
Hungarian GP: Kimi Raikkonen says new Pirelli F1 tyre hurting form
Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen believes his form has been harmed by Formula 1’s switch to new Pirelli tyres from this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Finn has been unhappy with his car throughout the Hungaroring weekend and qualified back in sixth.
"I think it is a combination of the new tyres, the front tyres, they are a bit like last year and they are not as strong as the last ones we ran – that is not ideal for me," said Raikkonen.
"We’ll try to work on that. In qualifying it was not too bad, we should have probably run a bit more front wing and been up there at the front.
"But I am much happier now than I was earlier in the weekend.
"It is not a disaster, but it is not as we want."
Asked if he was concerned that Lotus was now going to struggle more in the coming races, Raikkonen said he was optimistic it could adapt.
"We just have to do some changes and improve it," he said.
"We have some ideas but we didn’t have much time to do different things over a race weekend so we have to make some plans."
Raikkonen’s team-mate Romain Grosjean qualified third behind Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull.
The Frenchman was more upbeat about his race chances.
"The option [soft] is quite tough tyre to make last but medium was OK on our car," said Grosjean.
"It can change things a bit – hopefully tomorrow I can have a go.
"It has been a pretty good weekend so far. There will be different strategies and we will try and get the best from the car when we get some clean air."
Da Sky, pre qualifiche: