Kimi Raikkonen says he is pleased to find himself fourth in the championship standings heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend, although the Lotus driver also admits he should have more points than his current tally.
The Finn inherited third place in Germany for his fourth podium finish of the season and has scored points in every race since returning to F1 at the start of the season – with the exception of China where late tyre issues dropped him down to 14th.
It means Raikkonen has picked up 98 points so far and leave him just 22 points behind second-placed Mark Webber and he said it was a position he would have taken back at the start of the year.
“It's nice to get the points for third position, but obviously we would rather score it on the track,” he said of his unexpected podium in Germany. “Having said that I think we did the best we could at Hockenheim from the position we started. Maybe if we had found a bit more pace in the wet of qualifying we could have started higher, avoided the traffic and pushed the leaders, but it is what it is. For sure we were hoping for a bit better, but the car worked well all through the race and we still brought home some good points for the team so there are some positives to bring to Budapest.
“If you had told me in January that we would be fourth halfway through the season, I think I would have been pretty pleased,” he added. “It's not a bad place to be, but I think we have a car good enough to have scored more points. I want to win and the whole team is pushing hard to make it happen, so let's see what we can do in the second half of the season…”
Raikkonen will hope to try and give Lotus its first win of the season at the Hungaroring this weekend and he said he was eager to secure a strong result before F1 enters its summer break.
“It is always nice to go to Hungary,” he said. “The circuit is not the most difficult of them all, but it is still quite challenging. It is also the last race before the summer break and it's a great city to end the first half of the season. It's always nice to have a summer vacation and recharge the batteries for the last – and most important – part of the season.
“The team has been working hard in developing our car and we are confident we should be competitive in Hungary. Usually we have a hot weekend at the Hungaroring, and that's what we have been looking forward to during the whole summer. It's never nice to go to media after a race without a win. I love to win, not to explain why we were not able to win. Hopefully we can get the result we are looking for.”