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German Grand Prix: Raikkonen aims to return to form

Kimi Raikkonen hopes to return to the F1 podium at the Nurburgring
Kimi Raikkonen says he is keen to return to form this weekend in Germany after again missing out on a podium finish in last weekend's British Grand Prix.

The Lotus driver was well placed to return to the top three but a wrong strategy call by team ultimately saw him finish fifth at Silverstone – although Sebastian Vettel's retirement meant the Finn was able to make up ground on the championship leader.

While the 33-year-old readily admits that he was disappointed with his result last weekend, Raikkonen said he hoped to bounce back at the Nurburgring and take a 'step in the right direction' after recent disappointments.

“It was a disappointing end to the weekend for sure,” he admitted in reference to the British race. “Things were going pretty well in the race, but it was a mistake not to switch to new tyres when the safety car came out. I tried to hold on, but with tyres that were maybe twenty laps older than the others it was impossible to keep them behind at the end. It's a shame as we had good pace and looked set for a pretty easy P2, but this is racing sometimes.

“We never promise anything beforehand. A podium would be a positive result [in Germany] and a step in the right direction. We missed that at Silverstone, and it would be good to get back to the top positions. The season is still long and the leaders of the championship are ahead of us. Realistically, all I can do is to do my very best in each race.”

Raikkonen has yet to win on German soil since moving into F1, but he insisted that that fact wasn't something that concerned him going into the race weekend.

“A race is just a race and you always try to do your best,” he said. “Obviously in the past both circuits – the Nürburgring and Hockenheim – have not been very kind to me, but I like them both and I have always been very competitive; in terms of pace if not maybe results.

“I've gone very well at the Nürburgring before, just never won. A couple of times I've had to stop while leading the race which always sends you home with a bad feeling. Hopefully I can finally get everything right this time. Last year we made the top three in Hockenheim, so let's wait and see how it goes at the Nürburgring for the first time with this team.”



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