Raikkonen admits qualifying will be key in Hungary
With no Finnish Grand Prix on the calendar, Kimi Raikkonen classes the Hungarian Grand Prix as his home race. Finnish fans flock to the track to support their countryman and Raikkonen is eager to get on track and see the support. But to get a good result at the Hungaroring, he must qualifying well.
Speaking in a team statement looking ahead to the Hungarian Grand Prix he said: “Many times Hungary has been called as the Grand Prix of Finland. A lot of Finns go to this race every year and it is always nice to see the blue and white flags waving.”
So can the fans expect a good result? The Finn was coy to share his aspirations for the weekend ahead but is targeting a good haul of points: “There’s no point speculating before you get there. 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.”
Looking back at his second place in Germany and looking at the next round he said: “The points were good and we had a strong car. Again we saw that warmer temperatures suited us and we usually get hot weather in Budapest so that should be a good thing. Of course, you never know until you have driven the track in this year’s car. The performance of the cars [in Germany] was pretty close and it’s easier to overtake at the Nurburgring than it is at the Hungaroring, so we will need to qualify well.”
Team-mate Romain Grosjean joined him on the podium in Germany and was also in a reflective mood, saying: “Really good; it was a great result for the team and we had a very strong race. There are a lot of positives to take from Germany so we’re very keen to maintain the momentum from that good result heading to Budapest.”
Looking at his performance from the first half of the season he said: “There’s certainly good potential, but I think we’ll look more closely after Budapest before we head into the summer holidays.”Lotus currently sit fourth in the constructors standings with 157 points. Their drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean are positioned third and eighth in the drivers championship respectively.Image courtesy of Octane Photographic
Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his debut in the F1 paddock for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle and RumbleStripNews, as well as running a popular blog.