Raikkonen: It wasn't ideal, but it wasn't bad either

By on Friday, July 26, 2013
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen had a mixed day after finishing in eighth place during second practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen's hot lap was ruined as he encountered traffic in the form of McLaren's Jenson Button.

The Finn also had to contend with a minor airbox fire during first practice, as well as water inside his cockpit.

"It wasn’t ideal today but it wasn’t that bad either. We took a bit of time to understand the new tyres and it was also very hot. It’s too early to say if the heat will suit us with these new tyres, but we’ll soon have a better idea," he said.

"I had some traffic in the afternoon and so wasn’t able to set a fast lap on new tyres, plus we have some areas to improve on with the setup. We’ll try to do the best that we can in qualifying and we’ll see where we are. If we get the car right we should be ok tomorrow."

Team-mate Romain Grosjean finished in third place during second practice and is confident about his race prospects.

"It’s been a good day overall," he said.

"I didn’t get to try the new tyres at Silverstone so the main focus was to work on getting the most from them which all went ok. To be honest they’re not really night and day from the old ones, which is good as it means we haven’t had to change too much. There’s still a bit of graining and degradation to deal with but that’s normal. Our pace looks pretty good on both compounds, but the field is quite close so it’s hard to say where we are. We’ll just keep doing our best to find the right compromise for qualifying and the race and see where we stand at the end of the weekend."

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