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Hungarian GP - Qualifying

27th July 2013

Kimi Räikkönen lines up sixth for tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix, after a hot qualifying session at the Hungaroring.

Both drivers are one place behind where they qualified here in 2012 which resulted for a 2-3 finish for the team; Kimi coming home just ahead of Romain on that occasion.

Kimi Räikkönen, E21-03. Q: P6, 1:19.851. FP3: P11, 1:21.589.

"P6 is not ideal, but it's better than we have seen sometimes so we'll try and see what we can do tomorrow"

“It hasn't been the easiest weekend for me so far. Maybe the new tyres are a bit different – especially on the front – so it's been hard to find a good setup. We're getting there little by little and the car was definitely better in qualifying than at any other point this weekend. Obviously P6 is not ideal, but it's better than we have seen sometimes so we'll try and see what we can do tomorrow. It's not so easy to overtake here, but we have seen in past years that if you can run with the tyres well you can make a lot of places, so let's see what we can do.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:

"From third and sixth we can have a strong race"

How was qualifying for the team?
Kimi is much more on top of his car than yesterday. From third and sixth there's no reason why we can't have a strong race with him.

Who do we see as the main rivals for a good result?
We see Sebastian Vettel as our main challenger in the race. The Mercedes did go well in Monaco on a tight and twisty circuit – in the race as well as in qualifying – but here tyre degradation should be more of a factor. This should help us in our fight for a good result.

We saw some sideways moments from Kimi in the last corner; any concerns?
It happened a couple of times and certainly makes for nice slow motion television. He has complained of the rear sliding which has been something we've focused on eliminating through setup tweaks.