Räikkönen says sixth was maximum result
28 July 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen says finishing sixth in the Hungarian Grand Prix was the most he could have hoped for after a disastrous qualifying session.
The Ferrari driver was knocked out of the opening grid-deciding phase at the Hungaroring, with a gamble to run only the Medium compound tyre backfiring when Marussia's Jules Bianchi edged ahead on Softs.
Although he lost time behind Esteban Gutiérrez's Sauber early in the race, he was ultimately able to gain 10 places from his original grid slot.
"After the way qualifying went, sixth was the most we could hope for," said the former World Champion.
"At the start, I got away well but then I lost time behind a Sauber and when I caught [Felipe] Massa's Williams, I couldn't get past: here in general, overtaking is not easy and we lack speed down the straights."
With team-mate Fernando Alonso finishing second, Hungary marked Ferrari's best combined result of the season, but Räikkönen warned that the team cannot get carried away heading into the summer break.
"Sure, this is a good team result, but we must not get too excited," Räikkönen went on to explain. "Even if there are signs of improvement, we still have much work to do in a lot of areas to get to where we want to be."
Ferrari's Hungaroring points haul moved the team back up to third in the standings, ahead of Williams.