• Hungarian Grand Prix - FP2

Setup 'going in the right direction' - Raikkonen

ESPN Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen was happy with the progress he made in Hungary on Friday © Sutton Images
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Kimi Raikkonen says he has been making progress with his setup at the last few races and is hoping it pays off in qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen has scored two podiums at the last two races, but has been let down by his qualifying performances which have often left him out of contention for victory. However, he believes he is now making progress with an aim of qualifying on the front two rows on Saturday.

"It was a normal Friday for me," Raikkonen said. "We did the normal things and tried to make the car as quick as it can be. We were second fastest which was good, and we've managed to improve the setup on my car over the last few races so I've been pretty happy with it. We're just making small improvements, but we're making them all the time and going in the right direction. It's only Friday, but we're hoping for another good day tomorrow. "

For the second Friday in a row Lotus tested a new double DRS device on Raikkonen's car, but technical director James Allison said it would not be used in the race just yet.

"We conducted valuable analysis of our latest aerodynamic developments on Kimi's car this morning which help bring it a step closer to deployment in a race sometime in the future," Allison said. "Kimi was pretty happy overall, even this morning when we weren't running the native downforce settings for this circuit. With the Hungary setup in the afternoon, Kimi was comfortable, quick, and happy with both specifications of dry tyre. Whilst we haven't conducted our usual long runs today it looks like both compounds should be reasonable race tyres."