Kimi Raikkonen admits Ferrari never had the pace to overhaul McLaren over a single lap in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, but at the same time insisted their long distance pace will still see them competitive in the race.

Having struggled somewhat in practice, Raikkonen barely featured amongst the leaders throughout qualifying and instead of challenging McLaren for pole position now finds himself fourth behind the BMW of Nick Heidfeld.

Still, Raikkonen was relatively phlegmatic about the situation and insists that his race pace will see him challenging for the win with McLaren - provided he can get a good start from the dirtier side of the grid.

"To be honest, we were not quick enough today to think about beating our closest rivals, but I think we have a good race pace, which means we can be more competitive than we looked in qualifying. The car is very good over a long run, so I am still confident. Starting from the dirty side of the track is definitely not an advantage, even if usually we make good starts.

With an eight tenths gap between himself and pole sitter Alonso, Raikkonen blamed chronic understeer for the deficit, but added it is something that will go away after the first flying lap, giving him hope for the race.

"On both my runs in Q3 I did a good lap, but I had too much understeer in the final two or three turns, where I lost valuable time. It's a problem we have had all weekend and we have not managed to solve it over the first timed lap."

 

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