Qualifying form frustrating Kimi Raikkonen after Hungarian Grand Prix runner-up finish
|By Jonathan Noble and Pablo Elizalde||Sunday, July 29th 2012, 14:39 GMT|
Kimi Raikkonen insists Lotus needs to improve its qualifying form if it is to finally clinch an elusive first victory this season.
The Finn finished in second place in the Hungarian Grand Prix after charging from fifth place on the grid. He crossed the line just a second behind race winner Lewis Hamilton despite starting four places behind the Briton.
Raikkonen admitted he needs to do a better job on Saturday in order to have a clear shot at winning.
"We always try to win and sometimes you get close and it is a bit disappointing that we cannot," said Raikkonen. "We know the reason: we are not so strong in qualifying and make it hard for ourselves on Sunday.
"We should be able to put ourselves in a good position and get good points, but it is a long season. We are improving all the time, and if it comes, great, if not we keep trying.
"I have been in this business long enough to not worry about things too much."
Raikkonen, who endured KERS issues during the race, said he was not worrying about not managing to win in Hungary.
"I didn't [win], so there's no point to worry about it. I had an OK start but we had some issue with KERS and I could only use 50 per cent so I lost a position to Fernando [Alonso]. The first few laps were not good as we tried to get the KERS working.
"It makes no difference if you don't get past. We were second and third today. It's good for the team but we keep trying to win and hopefully it will come soon."
Raikkonen came close to making contact with team-mate Romain Grosjean when he returned to the track after his second pitstop.
The Finn said he had made an error that cost him time when he pushed the speed limiter button too late.
"The team told me it would be very close and I made a mistake with the speed limiter, maybe five metres after the line I was still on it, so I think I didn't do a good enough job out there. We went side by side for the first corner but I could keep the position quite easily."