• Hungarian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Raikkonen disappointed with fifth

ESPN Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen: "It's a bit disappointing I didn't go faster when it mattered" © Sutton Images

Kimi Raikkonen was "a bit disappointed" not to qualify higher at the Hungarian Grand Prix after Lotus put in its strongest qualifying performance of the year.

Team-mate Romain Grosjean will start from second on the grid and Raikkonen looked like a contender for the front row until the top-ten shootout. He failed to better his Q2 time and admitted that he failed to hook up a decent lap when it mattered.

"Not a bad qualifying performance for sure, but it's a bit disappointing I didn't go faster when it mattered," he said. "The car feels good, but I didn't get the crucial lap together at the right time. Let's see what happens tomorrow."

Trackside operations director Alan Permane said Lotus had made a decent step forward in Hungary.

"We'd like to have seen Kimi a little further up the order - especially as his Q2 time was better than he achieved in Q3 - but overall it's been an excellent weekend so far; let's hope that continues tomorrow," he said. "Our target has been to improve our qualifying performance; we've clearly demonstrated that today."

Permane said there was a chance a thunder storm could hit the track during the race, but is not worried about the weather taking a turn for the worse.

"Conditions similar to those we've seen over the last couple of days have been forecast. There is potential for some rain, but it's so hot here there could be thunder showers like we saw on Friday. We're ready for whatever the weather throws at us."