Raikkonen aims to eclipse title rivals

McLaren's world championship contender Kimi Raikkonen believes there is a chance he can beat his title rivals in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix

Raikkonen aims to eclipse title rivals

Raikkonen qualified seventh at the Hungaroring today (Saturday), while those ahead of him in the championship qualified fourth (Juan Pablo Montoya of Williams) and eighth (Ferrari's Michael Schumacher).

"[My lap was] not too bad," said Raikkonen. "I made a little mistake in the last sector at corner 12, which cost me some time. We improved the balance of the car from the warm-up, and it feels good.

"I might have an advantage at the start tomorrow compared to Michael as I'm on the clean side of the track, and I'm also not too far away from Montoya. We will see what happens in the race, and at this circuit the first corner is especially crucial."

His team boss Ron Dennis believes that tomorrow's result should be very different from the grid order, despite the sinuous nature of the Hungaroring.

"Traditionally it's been impossible to overtake at the Hungarian Grand Prix due to the nature of the circuit," said Dennis. "It's therefore understandable that some of the teams have adopted extremely 'racy' strategies. I very much doubt that the finishing order tomorrow will reflect the grid positions. It should be a great race."

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