Super fast Lotus swarms up at Hungary with 2nd place for Raikkonen and 3rd for Grosjean
Formula One team Lotus performed brilliantly at the Hungaroring circuit on Sunday. Overall, Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean were outstanding in Budapest, Hungary. In they earned a well deserved podium finish.
Kimi Raikkonen is fifth in the Formula One standings with 116 points to his name. Meanwhile, the other Lotus driver Romain Grojean has accumulated 76 points and is eighth id driver standings.
Lotus knows competing for the Formula One title would be a superhuman task. Therefore, like any other optimistic team they are striving for better results. Surprisingly, Lotus cars are turning into faster and stronger cars with each passing day.
Lotus team principal Eric Boullier believes it is hard work at Enstone that has helped Lotus achieve good results.
Had it not been for the McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, Lotus would have won the first and second spot at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton admitted in his post match press conference that Lotus was giving him a really hard time.
Kimi Raikkonen drove brilliantly till the checkered flag. The Lotus driver he could have won the race had it not been for a couple of small mistakes.
“… It was not so bad to follow through the last corner but you’re, I don’t know, one second later on the power every time so they just pull too far away and the straight is not long enough and the others are too fast. So it didn’t really give you any chance. My only chance was that they would run out of the tyres and then you will have a chance – but that never happened, so we probably should have had 20 more laps – and then it would have happened,” Kimi Raikkonen said in his post match press conference.
Although Kimi Raikkonen could have finished better, the Formula One veteran seemed satisfied with his second place at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen had the same answer for reporters who asked him if he felt he could win the race.
“I didn’t, so there’s no point to worry about it. I had an OK start but then we had an issue with the KERS and I only could use 50 per cent and I lost one position to Fernando, so the first few laps were not really good because we were trying to get the KERS working,” Kimi Raikkonen said.
“After that it was OK but the same situation with Alonso, I was stuck behind him and just tried to save my tyres and push once we got the clear circuit. It seemed to work both times and we gained a lot of time on those few laps.”