Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen has said that his strong form in 2012 has left him with a winning ambition.
Raikkonen has taken three podiums so far this season but has yet to claim the top step.
“If you asked me before the start of the season whether I would be happy with podiums I would have said yes, but now I’ve had some good results, I want more”, said the Finnish driver. “In the last few races the results haven’t been as strong as I’ve wanted. We’ve finished well but I’m disappointed not to have a win yet. We just have to get everything together and I’m sure it can come.”
Raikkonen was enthusiastic about a return to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.
“It’s always such a good feeling going to Silverstone. It’s a great place to race. I have a long history there. It was the real base for the start of my international racing career in Formula Renault in 1999 and 2000. Since then I’ve always enjoyed racing at Silverstone. I don’t know why; there must be this nostalgic feeling that I have every time we go there.”
Raikkonen also alluded to the notoriously fickle British weather.
“I’ll enjoy the weekend whatever the weather will be. We’ve seen quite a lot of different conditions there in the past, and not always good! It’s always windy at Silverstone and often it rains, too. The track conditions change very quickly, which makes the car more tricky to set up. It’s part of the fun racing in England; at least it’s the same for everybody.”
The 2007 champion added that winning in Silverstone would be a good reward for the Lotus team, based at nearby Enstone.
“When you win in Silverstone, it gives such a good feeling. You have to get everything exactly right. I won there in Formula Renault and then with Ferrari in 2007. It would be fantastic to win again there, especially with the factory just down the road. I’m sure we would have some fantastic celebrations.”