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Raikkonen aims to enter break on a high

20 July 2013

Kimi Raikkonen says he is hopeful of entering F1's summer break 'on a high' with a strong result in next weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

After a number of tough results, the Finn bounced back to form in Germany to take second place behind Sebastian Vettel, a result that leaves him sitting third in the standings behind Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

While some have suggested Raikkonen's result in Germany could have been even better without a late pitstop that dropped him behind Vettel, second place was still his best result in the race to date and he said he was now hopeful of another top result when the paddock arrives in Budapest.

“Obviously we are here to try and win races,” the Lotus man said. “We couldn't in Germany because we were not fast enough, but for the team it was a good result after a couple of quite difficult races. We lost some more points to the lead as Seb won, but it's still a long season and if we keep putting ourselves in a position to at least be fighting for first place then I think we can do it again.

“There's no point speculating [about Hungary] before you get there. Hopefully we get the result we are looking for. It would be nice to take the break after this race and recharge the batteries in the middle of the season with a good result on the board, but most importantly, it would be good to have the points.”

Raikkonen added that he was looking forward to the Hungarian race but was well aware of the need to qualify well in order to try and chase a strong result at one of the most challenging circuits for overtaking.

“It is always nice to go to Hungary,” he said. “The circuit is not the most difficult of them all, but it is a really challenging venue as it's usually very hot which makes it a demanding race. Of course, the heat has helped us with the car so far this year so that will make things better, but only if it's a win will you not suffer from the heat.

“Obviously you need to get to the front in the qualifying, but also avoid the dirty side of the track on the grid. When you look back through the races this season, it seems the dirty side of the track is a real disadvantage in the starts.”


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