Kimi Raikkonen admitted it was a shame to have missed out on a potential victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix after running Lewis Hamilton close in Budapest.
Despite an issue with his KERS costing him in the early stages of the race, the Finn made his strategy of running two stints on soft tyres before switching to the medium compound Pirelli rubber for the final stint work to perfection to vault up the order into second spot.
Although the former champion pushed hard in the closing stages to catch leader Hamilton, he was unable to find a way through into the lead and instead had to settle for the second step of the podium and he insisted it was a good result for his Lotus team.
"It's a shame we couldn't quite get the win but it's a good result for the team and we'll keep pushing to make that final step,” he said. “My start was not too bad but then we had some issues with the KERS and I lost a place to Fernando [Alonso].
“When we got it working again we were stuck in the pack so it was a bit frustrating, but once we were in clear air we could push and it looked like we could make up a few places in the second stops. The team said it would be very close with Romain, but it was okay in the end. We managed to catch Lewis [Hamilton] but it was impossible to pass.”
Team boss Eric Boullier insisted that on a different circuit, Raikkonen may well have ended the race victorious.
“I'm very happy to see Kimi fighting for the win,” he said. “Our new approach to qualifying is delivering. We qualified better this weekend and we chased the leader of the race for many laps. On a different track layout which allows overtaking I think we could have won this race.”