Raikkonen could use a repeat performance in HungaryKimi Raikkonen
ís best result of the season to date came around the streets of Monte Carlo where the 2007 world champion took the chequered flag in third position in his Ferrari. The tight twisty nature of the circuit seemed
to suit the F60 package and the Finn is hoping that a similar performance can be achieved this Sunday as the similarly twisty Hungaroring.
"They say that Hungary is somehow similar to Monaco: true, the corners are very slow, but the Hungaroring is definitely more 'forgiving' than the track at the Principality, where the tiniest slip will almost certainly make you end up in the barriers," Raikkonen explained.
"Having said that the next race will definitely be the most similar one to the one at Monaco,Ē he continued. ďThis year we gained a place on the podium at Monaco and this is our objective for Budapest."
Qualifying of course is key in Hungary Ė a circuit where passing is all but impossible. While there have been exceptions to this rule, notably Nigel Mansell in the Ferrari back in 1989, Raikkonen sees the Saturday afternoon critical to success on Sunday.
"If you donít 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," he admitted.
With just one podium finish from nine starts, Raikkonen acknowledges that it has been a tough season as underlined by his tenth position in the championship standings.
"Weíve been working hard to close the gap we had since the start between us and the leaders; naturally also all the others have been improving their cars," Raikkonen said. "Furthermore with the fact that we canít test this year during the championship itís even more difficult to make up ground.
"How the seasonís second part will go also depends on the decision of how to use the resources, because the work on next yearís car is now already in full swing."