Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen claims that the Maranello team’s start was “far from ideal” after he finished third in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton came out on top once again to substantiate his lead in the driver standings, with the Brit now 24 points ahead of Raikkonen’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Sebastian Vettel did manage a second-place finish however, leaving Ferrari just 10 points behind Mercedes in the constructor standings. Kimi Raikkonen spoke calmly after his fifth consecutive podium finish, claiming Ferrari must improve: “It was the best that we could hope for today,” the Finn said – “It was obviously a far from ideal start and I think we need to improve those to make it a bit easier.”
The 38-year-old didn’t have the smoothest of pit stops and looked most comfortable on his soft tyres, which hampered his chances of overtaking as the race drew to a climax: “Then we caught up with [Valtteri] Bottas after the first stop but there was no chance to overtake, so our only option was to stop again and try again. We got one place back, but it was far from ideal – we had a pretty good speed today but what can you do? We take the points and look to the next race.” – he concluded.
There is a summer break for the drivers until the next GP, which takes place in Belgium on Sunday 26 August.