Raikkonen: No point speculating

Sunday 21-July-2013 12:31

Kimi Raikkonen insists he won't make any prediction about Lotus' potential pace in Hungary other than to say he's hoping for a good result.

The former World Championship has fallen off the pace in recent races, netting just one top-three result in the last four grands prix.

However, that podium result came at the last race in Germany where Raikkonen finished second to the man who is leading the Championship race, Sebastian Vettel.

But whether he can edge his potential 2014 team-mate at the next round in Hungary, Raikkonen isn't saying.

"There's no point speculating before you get there," said the Finn. "Hopefully we get the result we are looking for.

"It would be nice to take the break after this race and recharge the batteries in the middle of the season with a good result on the board, but most importantly, it would be good to have the points."

He added: "Obviously we are here to try and win races. We couldn't in Germany because we were not fast enough, but for the team it was a good result after a couple of quite difficult races.

"We lost some more points to the lead as Seb won, but it's still a long season and if we keep putting ourselves in a position to at least be fighting for first place then I think we can do it again."

Raikkonen has already done it once in Hungary, winning the Budapest race from fourth on the grid back in 2005. However, in four other races he has brought his car home in second place.

"I have finished second in Hungary too many times, so I know how important it is to lead the race after the first corner.

"DRS or not, it's never easy to overtake at the Hungaroring. To get the weekend right, you have to have good sessions in FP1, FP2 and FP3, then a strong qualifying session and finally a perfect start to the race."

Pressed as to what he believes will be the key elements, he said: "A fast car. It's such a slow, twisty circuit, so two things are really important there; good turn-in and good traction. If you have those, you have a strong car for the race.

"Obviously you need to get to the front in the qualifying, but also avoid the dirty side of the track on the grid. When you look back through the races this season, it seems the dirty side of the track is a real disadvantage in the starts."

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