Räikkönen keen to get back on podium
4 July 2013 – Lotus F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen has said a podium result this weekend at the Nürburgring would represent a ‘step in the right direction’.
The Finn had to settle for fifth at the British Grand Prix after a strategic error late on by his team. He has now gone three races without rostrum - and has only scored 13 points - a situation that cannot continue if he is to maintain his title challenge.
Despite that though, Räikkönen insists it is not affecting his mindset going to Germany for round nine in the 2013 FIA F1 World Championship.
“It is three races now where we haven’t had the result we maybe expect, but hopefully if we can have a bit more luck [this Sunday] and also get rid of some of the mistakes we’ll be able to get back to the front,” he said.
“It [the ‘Ring] should suit us, but the fact is you need a really good car to be competitive there,” he added.
“Most of all you need good traction out of the corners and a stable car under braking. We’re pretty reasonable in both these areas. We have had our issues with cooler weather and unfortunately it’s not usually that warm at the Nürburgring, but we’ll just see what we get and get on with it.
“We never promise anything beforehand [in terms of what results we might get]. [But] a podium would be a positive result and a step in the right direction.
“We missed that at Silverstone, and it would be good to get back to the top positions. The season is still long and the leaders of the championship are ahead of us. Realistically, all I can do is to do my very best in each race.”
Räikkönen has never had much luck in Germany, but he doesn’t think this will be a barrier to him doing well this year.
“Obviously in the past both circuits – the Nürburgring and Hockenheim – have not been very kind to me, but I like them both and I have always been very competitive; in terms of pace if not maybe results. I’ve gone very well at the Nürburgring before, just never won. A couple of times I’ve had to stop while leading the race which always sends you home with a bad feeling.
“Hopefully I can finally get everything right this time. Last year we made the top three in Hockenheim, so let’s wait and see how it goes at the Nürburgring for the first time with this team,” he summed-up.