Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Melbourne, 2013

Second places aren’t enough – Raikkonen

2013 Belgian Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Melbourne, 2013Kimi Raikkonen says he needs to increase his tally of wins to close the gap on Sebastian Vettel in the championship.

“I am now back in second which was a good way to enter the summer break,” said Raikkonen ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix. “I finished ahead of Seb 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.”

Raikkonen won the first race of the season in Australia but hasn’t visited the top step of the podium since. He’s finished second five times including at the last two races in Germany and Hungary.

The Lotus driver said he must raise his game in qualifying to stand a better chance of taking the fight to Vettel.

“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.

“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.”

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