‘Second places aren't good enough’ – Räikkönen
18 August 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen has given himself the task of converting more of his second-place finishes into victories in the second half of the 2013 season, the Finn acknowledging that on current form clinching the championship will be a tall order.
After securing victory at the opening race of the season in Melbourne, Räikkönen has since visited the rostrum another five times, on each occasion as the runner-up. Currently, the only man to win the World Championship after claiming just a single victory was compatriot Keke Rosberg back in 1982.
Speaking about his championship position, Räikkönen said: “I am now back in second which was a good way to enter the summer break. I finished ahead of Seb [Vettel] in Hungary so obviously scored more points than him there. To beat him, we need to be winning races and if we keep finishing second like we’ve done many times this year it’s probably not going to be enough for the championship, but you never know what might happen.”
Looking ahead to the forthcoming Belgian Grand Prix, a race that the Finn has won four times during his career in the top echelon, the Lotus driver gave a customarily frank assessment of his chances.
“Usually I’ve achieved a good result at the Belgian Grand Prix, but what has happened there before doesn’t help me right now. Of course, it doesn’t cause any harm either and it would be great to win at Spa for a fifth time,” he began, before adding: “so much depends on the qualifying result, so we need to find a decent set-up on Friday and Saturday and have a solid qualifying session on Saturday afternoon."
In contrast to team-mate Romain Grosjean, Räikkönen remained cautious when discussing whether Lotus' E21 chassis would be well-suited to the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
“I don’t know how it will suit our car this year. Last year we were not very strong there. I think we know the reasons and for sure our car is better this year, but is it good enough to be fighting for a win? We will see on Sunday.”