Räikkönen: Poor qualifying cost us victory
28 July 2013 – Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen says he is satisfied after achieving second place in Sunday afternoon’s Hungarian Grand Prix, but believes the result could have been even better had he not experienced a poor qualifying session.
Having started from sixth, Räikkönen managed to successfully exploit his Lotus’ kind use of Pirelli tyres to complete a two-stop strategy, enabling him to move ahead of several three-stop runners. Suffering with heavily worn rubber in the closing stages, he was forced to deal with a charging Sebastian Vettel. The German attempted a bold pass into Turn 4, but the Finn held his own with some firm defending to stay ahead.
Alluding to a missed chance for the win, the 2007 World Champion said: "I keep making my life difficult on Saturday’s, so we paid a price for it. It was a bit tight with Seb [Vettel] but in the end it paid off and we gained some points in the championship."
"I knew that it was going to be a bit tight, but I didn’t really have any doubts that I could keep him behind. The team worked well and everything worked well for us."
Following his second place, Räikkönen moves ahead of Fernando Alonso in the Drivers’ Championship, now sitting on 134 points, 38 behind current leader Vettel.