raced to his best result of the season on Sunday at the Hungaroring while Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa began his recovery from injuries sustained in qualification for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Speaking ahead of his debut in the World Rally Championship on
Friday, Raikkonen was keen to wish Massa as he looked back on the race weekend.
“I want to wish Felipe well again,” Raikkonen said. “He had an incredible accident on last Saturday and I think that he was on everybody’s mind in the Scuderia Ferrari and the drivers on the grid. I know that his condition is improving constantly and I’m glad to hear that. I really hope that he’ll be alright soon and get back on the track.
Ferrari report that Massa will be taken out of intensive care today but will remain in the AEK facility for the next few days before being transferred elsewhere.
“It was an absurd accident and the team had some very difficult moments, because in the beginning we didn’t know why Felipe ran off the track at this point," Raikkonen continued. "But then a driver has to blind out certain things once he’s on the track.
Raikkonen praised the Italian team for the recent gains in performance of the F60 challenger. However, he also pointed out that the higher track temperatures helped on race day and he admitted that he was unable to challenge eventual winner Lewis Hamilton.
“We managed to get a place on the podium, but we couldn’t really fight for victory,” he said. “It’s strange how it always goes well on certain tracks and some are completely the opposite: in Germany things go always wrong for me, but in Hungary I drove on the podium again, for the fifth time.”
Raikkonen’s runner-up position has helped Ferrari move third in the constructors’ championship, 1.5 points ahead of Toyota.