Raikkonen Expects Podium in Hungary

Kimi Raikkonen will head to this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix with the sole thought of scoring his second podium of the season. The Finn argued that the Hungaroring track resembles the one in Monaco, where he finished 3rd this season, and should be more than suitable for the F60.

The next race will definitely be the most similar one to the one at Monaco. This year we gained a place on the podium at Monaco and this is our objective for Budapest: we were able to fight for the pole until the last moment and I think that if we had gained it, the race would have gone in a completely different direction,” said Raikkonen.

We’ll retry in Hungary, but it will be difficult. The F60 should adapt pretty well to the track, but we know that all the other teams have improved their cars considerably after the race at Monaco, so there will be fierce competition: we’ll get a better picture of the situation on Friday morning after the first free practice,” added the Finn.

He also insisted that a good result in qualifying will be vital for a successful race, as overtaking opportunities throughout the Hungaroring are limited to say the least. The temperatures are also to play a major role in how the Ferraris will do this weekend, as it will be higher than in the last couple of races.

The qualifying result is really important at Budapest, because overtaking is even more difficult than usual: if you don’t start from one of the front rows you risk transforming the race into a long hot and difficult afternoon, without any hope for a good result.

After two race weekends not really with summery weather at Silverstone and the Nürburgring there should be finally some high temperatures: our car is quite kind to the tires compared to many others, which means that these conditions should help us more.”

This year the tyre performance has varied a lot over the weekends. The crucial point is the temperature and it’s clear that the perfect window to use them is really narrow; but it’s the same for all the teams, as we could see at the last races,” added Kimi.
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