Unhappy man Kimi Raikkonen says that Lotus will keep pushing makes that final step following just failed to Hamilton in Budapest for Hungarian Grand prix.
Raikkonen hardly pushed behind the race winner Lewis Hamilton around 15+ laps at the end of the race, but Lotus can’t Hamilton’s McLaren at Hungary. Kimi’s team-mate Romain Grosjean was done final place of the podium.
The Finn is confident that his first victory with Lotus will come soon, and he says early Lotus’s KERS issue cost his best finish at Budapest.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t quite get the win but it’s a good result for the team and we’ll keep pushing to make that final step,” he said.
“My start was not too bad but then we had some issues with the KERS and I lost a place to Fernando [Alonso]. When we got it working again we were stuck in the pack so it was a bit frustrating, but once we were in clear air we could push and it looked like we could make up a few places in the second stops.
The team said it would be very close with Romain [Grosjean coming out of the pits at the final stop], but it was okay in the end. We managed to catch Lewis but it was impossible to pass.”
Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier happy with both car took podium and added that he felt the car had the pace to win race if a different track layout there for allows more overtaking.
“Both cars on the podium end a pretty good weekend for the team. For everyone back at Enstone we must pay credit as they work so hard for results like this, but seldom get to taste the champagne at the track.”
“I’m very happy that Romain came back after a tough weekend in Germany and I’m very happy to see Kimi fighting for the win. Our new approach to qualifying is delivering. We qualified better this weekend and we chased the leader of the race for many laps. On a different track layout which allows overtaking I think we could have won this race.”
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