Spa king Raikkonen targets qualifying gains

By on Friday, August 16, 2013

Kimi-Raikkonen-LotusFour time Belgian Grand Prix winner Kimi Raikkonen says he must improve his performances in qualifying if he is to claim more wins.

Raikkonen is currently in second place in the championship but has only started from the front row once in 2013.

"Well, obviously I keep making my life difficult on Saturdays in qualifying so then we pay a price, but we still have a good car in the race," says Raikkonen.

"Now we have tyres that are a little bit different we have to understand exactly how to use them. We made progress in Budapest so it should be easier in Spa, but that will be the same for everyone. To win, it’s always better to be starting near the front."

Raikkonen also rates the Belgian track as his favourite circuit in the world.

"For me there have only been good memories from Spa and it’s great to go racing there. You can’t get the same kind of a feeling anywhere else. It’s great to race with a modern racing car at a proper circuit which has such a great tradition."

"Usually I’ve achieved a good result at the Belgian Grand Prix, but what has happened there before doesn’t help me right now. Of course, it doesn’t cause any harm either and it would be great to win at Spa for a fifth time. Extra points are always good and if you win the race no-one scores more points than you."

"Sometimes there are certain circuits where everything seems to run smoothly, and then there are other circuits where I have no luck at all. Of course, we will do our very best to win this race. I have been on the top step of the podium a few times at Spa and I want to be there again."

Despite sitting in second place in the championship, Raikkonen emphasises that consistency will not be enough to claim the title.

"I am now back in second which was a good way to enter the summer break. I finished ahead of Seb [Vettel] in Hungary so obviously scored more points than him there. To beat him, we need to be winning races and if we keep finishing second like we’ve done many times this year it’s probably not going to be enough for the championship, but you never know what might happen.


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