Kimi Raikkonen: “We could have got a one-two finish very easily”


Kimi Raikkonen felt a certain one-two finish was cruelly denied to the Scuderia Ferrari team after the Finn suffered a MGU-K failure that ultimately saw him retire from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen had made a great start from fifth on the grid, taking second place off Nico Rosberg heading into turn two on the opening lap, and was keeping pace with team-mate Sebastian Vettel before his problems began.

The 2007 World Champion initially struggled with straight-line speed at the Hungaroring before the safety car was deployed, but when the race resumed, he was a sitting duck for drivers, and he ultimately called it a day in the pit lane.

“It’s a shame what happened today in the race, but when you have no luck you have no luck, we did our best today,” said Raikkonen.

“The start was really good for both of us, probably the best since the beginning of the season; we had good speed and were able to pull away and stay in front.

“The speed was always there today and I was expecting to push right to the end, but at one point I heard something strange in the car, the sound was getting different and then got worse and worse. We tried to fix it but it was not possible so I decided to retire.

“As a team we had a pretty good day with Sebastian’s win, but I think that we deserved a better result today, more than just a win. Without my problem we could have got a one-two finish very easily but things seem to always go in the worst possible way.”

Raikkonen is hoping for some luck in the second half of the season, with the Finn believing he would have had better results so far in 2015 had luck been on his side.

“Overall in the first part of the season we had the speed but it has been a bit unlucky,” reflected Raikkonen. “There was always something dictating the final result of the race quite badly.

“The most important thing now is to get rid of all the problems, we’ll keep pushing and hopefully luck will turn on our side and we’ll get what we deserve.”