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Lotus dreaming of title push

Thursday 01-August-2013 14:42

Kimi Raikkonen's podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix has re-ignited Lotus' challenge charge, according to team principal Eric Boullier.

After struggling in Monaco, Montreal and Silverstone, Lotus bounced back at the Nurburgring with both Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean finishing on the podium while the Finn followed it up with another P2 at Hungaroring on Sunday.

The back-to-back podiums have helped the former World Champion to reduce Sebastian Vettel's lead in the Drivers' standings to 38 points as well as the odds in the Championship.

Boullier says the team are determined to do all they can to make sure Raikkonen finishes consistently ahead of the Red Bulls.

"It is the most important thing to have the pace, and there will be some tracks where we struggle a little bit more, but I'm sure more or less we will be consistent and fighting for podiums every weekend," he said.

"That's good for the Constructors' chase and obviously if we can give Kimi the same push and start to beat Red Bull every weekend - okay, maybe I'm dreaming - but here [in Hungary] we did it."

There will be no Formula One action for the next four weeks due to the summer break, but Boullier is confident the tracks at the next couple of races will suit the E21.

"In Spa we should be good," he added. "Monza is always particular because it requires a low-downforce package. Maybe in some way we could have a good race there because the less downforce you get the more harsh with tyres you are, so we should get the benefit of our car design."

Raikkonen is, according to Paddy Powers, one of the favourites to win the Belgian GP at 6/1.

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