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British GP, Silverstone: Raikkonen hopes to fight back

Kimi Raikkonen hopes to get his F1 title challenge back on track at Silverstone after recent run of misfortune
Kimi Raikkonen says he hopes to get his F1 title challenge back on track in the British Grand Prix next weekend at Silverstone.

The Lotus racer lost ground on Sebastian Vettel after tough races in Monaco and Montreal, where he finished only tenth and ninth, and is now 44 points off top spot in the points race – with Fernando Alonso having also edged ahead of him in the standings.

Raikkonen will now hope to get his challenge back on track at the home circuit for the Enstone-based squad and he said he was eager to try and attack at the front, rather than having to just focus on surviving the race to pick up points.

“Obviously, it's not been that great and we haven't got the results we wanted,” he said of the last two races. “The last couple of races have been more a question of surviving not attacking and that's not what anyone wants. That said, Monaco and Montréal are both street circuits; they're quite different from a lot of tracks we visit and there are quite a lot of variables. You never know how you're going to go at those two tracks but we do now and at least we got a few points.

“Silverstone is a more normal circuit and we've been okay at every other permanent circuit so far this year. There's no reason why we shouldn't be back to the positions we should be with this package. We just have to be patient, do our very best over the entire weekend and step-by-step we can start catching the leaders.”

Raikkonen added that Silverstone was amongst his favourite circuits on the F1 schedule, and said it would be a 'special feeling' if he were able to come way from the event with his second win of the year.

“It's always such a good feeling going to Silverstone,” he said. “It's a great place to race and it has been a good circuit for me since the very beginning of my career. I have a long history there. It was the real base for the start of my international racing career in Formula Renault in 1999 and 2000. Since then I've always enjoyed racing at Silverstone. I don't know why; there must be this nostalgic feeling that I have every time we go there.

“When you win in Silverstone, it gives such a good feeling. You have to get everything exactly right. I won there in Formula Renault and then in Formula 1 with Ferrari in 2007. It would be fantastic to win again there, especially with the factory just down the road. I'm sure we would have some fantastic celebrations.”



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JJJ

June 23, 2013 12:43 AM

Sadly the RBR/Merc lobby to get harder tyres paid off wonderfully for those two teams again with Pirelli bringing some of their harder compounds to the forthcoming races and Lotus will get f00ked as a result. I predict Lotus will fall back significanly to the point where they are the 4th team again, they just don't have the resources to develop the car at the same rate as RBR, Ferrari and Mercedes. Maybe at tracks that are really hard on tyres and/or where it's really hot the Lotus team can still get a couple podiums but in the end they'll probably end in the same spot they were last year which realistically is all you can expect anyway of course budgetwise.



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