Raikkonen admits P3 was far from ideal

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Raikkonen’s third place was ‘OK’ and the best he could hope for in the Hungarian Grand Prix as they were out-played by Mercedes.

“It doesn’t really feel like a very good race, even being in third place,” said Raikkonen.

“I think we had very good speed but with what happened [in qualifying] and after the start we were [only] able to use our speed when we were catching up. Apart from that you are offset in the position and you know you’re going to be stuck when you catch up.

Starting the 70-lap Grand Prix from third on the grid, Raikkonen fell to fourth as he was overtaken by Sebastian Vettel around the outside of Turn 2.

The Finn was the first of the frontrunners to pit, swapping his softs for ultrasofts on lap 15.

That forced Valtteri Bottas into a pit stop but, unfortunately for Raikkonen, a “small piece of rubber in brake inlet” meant his stop was over five seconds and he lost ground to his compatriot.

Raikkonen later pitted for a second time, the only driver in the top-five to two-stop and used his fresh tyres to hunt down Vettel, P3, and Bottas, P2.

A clash between those two saw Raikkonen finish the race third behind his team-mate and race winner Lewis Hamilton.

“It worked out kind of OK, because I was giving a hard time to Valtteri and Seb so they never had the freedom to slow down and take care of their tyres and it paid off, it bought one place.

“It was fun to push, because I stopped twice [the tyres] lasted well and was able to go full speed.

He said: “I think it was the best that we could hope [for] today.

“Obviously a far from ideal start and I think we need to improve those a bit to give us a bit easier [run].

“It doesn’t really feel like a very happy finish, but as a team we scored decent points.”

Even though Raikkonen felt it was an ‘unhappy finish’, his son seemed to be more than pleased with the win as he sprayed water on the podium.



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