Raikkonen hoping for change of luck in Germany

By on Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen says he hopes his German luck changes ahead of this weekend's race at the Nurburgring.

Raikkonen has never won in Germany and has retired from the race at the Nurburgring on six occasions.

Raikkonen's last failure to finish in Formula 1 came at the circuit in 2009.

"I don’t know, maybe I did something bad in a former life?" Raikkonen says of his misfortune at the circut. "I have always enjoyed driving in Germany, but the problem is that luck has never been on my side there and something has always happened to stop me winning."

The Finn nonetheless reckons he will be competitive this weekend.

"It should suit us, but the fact is you need a really good car to be competitive there. Most of all you need good traction out of the corners and a stable car under braking. We’re pretty reasonable in both these areas. We have had our issues with cooler weather and unfortunately it’s not usually that warm at the Nürburgring, but we’ll just see what we get and get on with it."

"A podium would be a positive result and a step in the right direction. We missed that at Silverstone, and it would be good to get back to the top positions. The season is still long and the leaders of the championship are ahead of us. Realistically, all I can do is to do my very best in each race."

Raikkonen set a new Formula 1 record at Silverstone: the Finn finished in the points for the 25th consecutive race but he isn't fussed by the statistic.

"It makes no difference to the Championship, so I’m really not interested in that."

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