Kimi Räikkönen says finishing sixth in the Hungarian Grand Prix was the most he could have hoped for after a disastrous qualifying session.
The Ferrari driver was knocked out of the opening grid-deciding phase at the Hungaroring, with a gamble to run only the Medium compound tyre backfiring when Marussia’s Jules Bianchi edged ahead on Softs.
Although he lost time behind Esteban Gutiérrez’s Sauber early in the race, he was ultimately able to gain 10 places from his original grid slot.
“After the way qualifying went, sixth was the most we could hope for,” said the former World Champion.
“At the start, I got away well but then I lost time behind a Sauber and when I caught [Felipe] Massa’s Williams, I couldn’t get past: here in general, overtaking is not easy and we lack speed down the straights.”