Hungarian GP: Kimi Raikkonen preview

Raikkonen confident for Hungary Maranello - It's no secret that we're not satisfied by how the last five races went. I was particularly disappointed after the series Montreal-Magny-Cours-Silverstone: in each one of these races I had ...

Raikkonen confident for Hungary

Maranello - It's no secret that we're not satisfied by how the last five races went. I was particularly disappointed after the series Montreal-Magny-Cours-Silverstone: in each one of these races I had the possibility to win, but because of one thing or another things didn't go the right way and I lost. I never let myself be influenced by tension and I won't start now: I've just to keep my focus and continue to give as much as possible, race after race. That's what I've done every time I was in trouble.

It's never pleasant to explain the reasons for loosing, especially for someone like me, who likes winning so much. The race at Hockenheim was the most difficult moment of the season. I was really frustrated and disappointed that I couldn't find the right balance of the car, but now we're in a much better position. We had a productive test at Jerez, especially on the second day. The Team has done some great work in the developement of the F2008 and I'm confident for Hungary. It's true that McLaren has improved a lot over the last two races, but we also know that the situation can change in the blink of an eye.

I've won once in Hungary and I came in second twice. Two years ago I took the Pole, but due to the rain the race was very chaotic and starting from the front didn't help. This is one of those circuits where overtaking is really difficult, so a good Qualifying on Saturday can be decisive.

It's still early to make any forecasts for the Championship, considering that the first three drivers are only seven points apart: the positions can change in a single race. It's useless to cry over spilled milk: we are looking ahead, with eight races to go and at the end we'll do the maths. We just passed the half-way point of the season, so it's important to always gain points. Excluding Hockenheim I was always in a position to win and I hope success will come soon.

After Budapest there will be a short break. That's always good, because you can recharge your batteries for the last part of the season. After the tests at Jerez I went to Finland, where I enjoyed some wonderful days on a boat. Tomorrow is my fourth wedding anniversary with Jenni: I'll be in Hungary, hoping that I can celebrate a great victory on Sunday.

-credit: ferrari

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams McLaren