Kimi Raikkonen was refusing to be too disheartened by his frustrating retirement from the Hungarian Grand Prix whilst running second, insisting there are still positives to take from the performance.

On a weekend that saw yet more scrutiny into his future amidst rumours that Ferrari is pushing hard to sign Valtteri Bottas, Raikkonen produced one of his most accomplished performances of the season as he stormed from fifth on the grid to second to run behind his team-mate Sebastian Vettel from lap one.

However, having looked on course to contribute to Ferrari's first 1-2 result since the 2010 German Grand Prix, a problem with the MGU-H would leave him vulnerable down the straights with a lack of power.

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With the issue proving ultimately terminal as rivals eased by, though the Finn was disappointed not to be rewarded for his efforts, he remained philosophical about the missed opportunity.

"I think I've had some problems and bad races and this is just one more," he lamented. "Obviously it would have been much better for the team to have one-two, but obviously a second win with Seb is still good for the team.

"It would have been much greater to be one-two because I think we quite easily had the speed and then we just had a problem with the car.

"Unfortunately that's part of luck and part of racing. Sometimes you have bad luck and things seem to go wrong, but we did the maximum we could and it didn't pay off."

"It doesn't look great but there are a lot of positive things and obviously when we have issues, we have issues and it's not great. We have to somehow change that and we still have a great team capable of great results, but we have to finish the race first and that's how it is."

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Shame for Kimi but realistically he just has to impress his bosses... his championship points tally doesn't mean an awful lot.

It was a good weekend, but he still got out-qualified and ran ~7 seconds behind Seb... not exactly stellar, and I'm a Kimi fan, just a realistic one.