Date: 23rd July 2013 at 9:37am
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After winning the opening round of the 2013 Formula One World Championship in Australia Kimi Raikkonen is undoubtedly disappointed to have not stood on the top step of the podium again.

The 2012 season for Lotus was one of consistency, not quite good enough to claim a win, but regular high points paying finishes and numerous trips to the podium saw the 2007 Formula One World Champion challenge for an unlikely second F1 world title right to the very end of the season.

A win eventually came in the opening Grand Prix of 2013, but ever since it has been a similar script.

Four second place finishes in China, Bahrain, Spain and Germany has seen Kimi take 116 F1 World Championship points and the Finn currently sits third in the title picture behind Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

‘Obviously we are here to try and win races, We couldn’t in Germany because we were not fast enough, but for the team it was a good result after a couple of quite difficult races. We lost some more points to the lead as Seb won, but it’s still a long season and if we keep putting ourselves in a position to at least be fighting for first place then I think we can do it again.’ Kimi told Sky Sports.

Looking ahead to the Hungarian Grand Prix and whether or not Lotus will be in a position to challenge, Raikkonen believes that consistency over the entire weekend is key to a good result.

‘I have finished second in Hungary too many times, so I know how important it is to lead the race after the first corner, DRS or not, it’s never easy to overtake at the Hungaroring. To get the weekend right, you have to have good sessions in FP1, FP2 and FP3, then a strong qualifying session and finally a perfect start to the race.

‘Obviously you need to get to the front in the qualifying, but also avoid the dirty side of the track on the grid. When you look back through the races this season, it seems the dirty side of the track is a real disadvantage in the starts.’