Raikkonen still aiming for strong race despite not getting the best out of his car in qualifying

Kimi Raikkonen sees no reason why he cannot still deliver a good result in the Hungarian Grand Prix - despite failing to capitalise on the speed of his Lotus in Q3

Raikkonen still aiming for strong race despite not getting the best out of his car in qualifying

The Finn ended up fifth on the grid at the Hungaroring, with team-mate Romain Grosjean securing a spot on the front row, after finding himself unable to extract the maximum performance from his car in the final qualifying session

"We expected a bit more, the car has been good all weekend, but it was a bit more difficult in the last qualifying," explained Raikkonen. "I would rather be higher up, but that is how it goes."

Despite having hoped to be higher up the grid, Raikkonen thinks Lotus' history of delivering good race pace means he can still produce a decent result in the race.

"Usually our pace on Sunday is good, and I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be here," he said.

"It was not a perfect qualifying but it is still a good place to start the race. You make your life a bit more difficult when you don't make a good qualifying."

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