Raikkonen says has found what was 'missing' to extract the best from his Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen believes he has now found what was 'missing' to enable him to get the most out of the Lotus and can translate that into a stronger second half of the 2012 Formula 1 season

Raikkonen says has found what was 'missing' to extract the best from his Lotus

Although Raikkonen has enjoyed an impressive comeback campaign so far and goes into this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix fourth in the world championship, having claimed four podium finishes, the 2007 title-winner says he has only recently become comfortable with the Lotus E20.

"I guess you always learn with the car and try to set it up as you like it," said Raikkonen.

"At the last few races we've been finding our way. We weren't so happy at the beginning of the year - or we were happy but I felt that there was something that was missing, and then we found some reasons why we probably weren't so happy.

"In the last races we've found pretty much what I have been looking for. So hopefully it means we've finally found the area where we can improve."

Asked if the improvements related to how the car used the Pirelli tyres, Raikkonen replied: "No, it's more making me able to drive more like I want."

Raikkonen was second quickest in Friday practice at the Hungaroring, but remained cautious about his chances over the rest of the weekend.

"We don't know if we're going to be fast tomorrow because of today because we have no idea what the others are doing, but so far it's not too bad," he said.

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