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F1 Hungarian GP: Raikkonen signals gains to come from Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari has enjoyed a positive Friday of gains at the Hungaroring but feels a strong result depends on rivals' gains.
Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari has enjoyed a positive Friday of gains at the Hungaroring but feels his chances of a strong result depend on what level of improvements his rivals will also make.

The Ferrari driver ended the second free practice sixth quickest overall with a best lap of 1m 22.058s, but while his efforts would see him trail his Mercedes and Red Bull rivals, he was otherwise satisfied with his progress.

Indeed, Raikkonen is confident of making further inroads heading into qualifying and the race this weekend, but says the amount of success is dependent upon the improvements those ahead of him can yield.

“I think we made the right improvements and obviously there are things that we can improve and go faster but overall it seemed to be OK. A normal day,” Raikkonen said. “I haven't looked at all the times so it's too early to say. But we know they are fast and obviously I'm certain we can improve. How much they improve tomorrow is another case, but we will see tomorrow.

“As a Friday we made some improvements and for sure we can still improve but overall it wasn't too bad.”

After Vettel's win in Hungary 12 months ago, Raikkonen is confident with Ferrari's step forward in performance this season it has a shot at victory despite not tasting the winners' champagne in 2016 so far.

“For sure we have a better package, but as I've said for sure we can still get a win we just need to keep working on our own things,” he said.



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auner

July 23, 2016 8:08 AM
Last Edited 137 days ago

We can still get a win looks a bit more realistic as confronted with ''we won't give up in the fight for the titles"" said (MA) just a few weeks ago. How much realistic ?Hmmm... not enough to postpone focus for the next season model.



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