Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2013

Raikkonen says heat in Hungary should help Lotus

2013 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Nurburgring, 2013Kimi Raikkonen believes the warm weather conditions usually seen at the Hungaroring should help Lotus in next week’s race.

The E21s ran well in hot conditions at the German Grand Prix two weeks ago: “Again we saw that warmer temperatures suited us and we usually get hot weather in Budapest so that should be a good thing,” said Raikkonen.

“The circuit is not the most difficult of them all,” he added, “but it is a really challenging venue as it?s usually very hot which makes it a demanding race.”

“Of course, the heat has helped us with the car so far this year so that will make things better, but only if it?s a win will you not suffer from the heat.”

Despite an extra DRS zone being used at most tracks this year Raikkonen believes it will still be difficult to overtake in Hungary and that will make qualifying well more important:

“I have finished second in Hungary too many times, so I know how important it is to lead the race after the first corner. DRS or not, it?s never easy to overtake at the Hungaroring.

“To get the weekend right, you have to have good sessions in FP1, FP2 and FP3, then a strong qualifying session and finally a perfect start to the race.”

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