| Source: lotusf1team.com |
After taking his sixth podium of the season with second position from sixth on the grid our Iceman explains what it was like in the heat of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Q: How was that race?
KR: It was a good race and a good result for the team. The strategy worked well. We did two long stints on the tyres but they weren’t too bad and the car felt strong so it allowed us to make one less stop. In the last few laps the rears were a bit on edge for the rear tyres, but apart from that it was okay.
Q: How happy are you with your strategy?
KR: We finished in second place after a difficult start to our weekend so I think we’ve made the best out of it. I wasn’t in the best position after qualifying so the only way to gain places was to make a two-stop work. We started with the plan for a three-stop, but the car felt good so we could make one fewer. In the last couple of laps I struggled a little more with the tyres, but Sebastian could only once get a run on me. When you run 15 laps more on a set of tyres than your rivals you will suffer at some point. It worked out for us here today.
Q: What do you take away from Hungary and into the summer break?
KR: The main positive is that we gained a few points to Seb in the Championship. For sure we could have maybe closed the gap a little more with a win, but anything we can get back will help. We’re only halfway through the season and it will be hard to catch up, but anything can still happen so we’ll keep fighting until the end.