GP Ungheria, commenti post gara–28/07/2013
Hungarian GP: Kimi Raikkonen says Lotus’ poor qualifying too costly
Kimi Raikkonen believes Lotus is still squandering victories with poor qualifying performances.
The Finn came second in the Hungarian Grand Prix, but had only qualified sixth.
He used a two-stop strategy to come through the field and beat Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to the runner-up spot.
"The car was working well but unfortunately on Saturdays we keep making the race more difficult," Raikkonen rued.
"Hopefully we can fix that a little bit and be a bit more at the front at the beginning of the race.
"It worked for us today but yesterday wasn’t as easy otherwise probably we could have won."
Raikkonen was able to fend off Vettel in the closing laps despite the three-stopping Red Bull having much fresher tyres.
"I knew that it was going to be a bit tight," said Raikkonen.
"I thought with 10 laps to go maybe the last two laps would be tough.
"But I didn’t have any doubts I could keep him behind. I had good speed in the first sector and I knew at the last corner he didn’t have a chance."
Kimi Raikkonen: "We’ll keep fighting until the end."
How was that race?
It was a good race and a good result for the team. The strategy worked well. We did two long stints on the tyres but they weren’t too bad and the car felt strong so it allowed us to make one less stop. In the last few laps the rears were a bit on edge for the rear tyres, but apart from that it was okay.
How happy are you with your strategy?
We finished in second place after a difficult start to our weekend so I think we’re made the best out of it. I wasn’t in the best position after qualifying so the only way to gain places was to make a two-stop work. We started with the plan for a three-stop, but the car felt good so we could make one fewer. In the last couple of laps I struggled a little more with the tyres, but Sebastian could only once get a run on me. When you run 15 laps more on a set of tyres than your rivals you will suffer at some point. It worked out for us here today.
What do you take away from Hungary and into the summer break?
The main positive is that we gained a few points to Seb in the Championship. For sure we could have maybe closed the gap a little more with a win, but anything we can get back will help. We’re only halfway through the season and it will be hard to catch up, but anything can still happen so we’ll keep fighting until the end.