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Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonnen admitted that he needs to start winning more races if he is to have any chance of claiming the Drivers’ Championship this year.
The Finn made an excellent start to the 2013 campaign by winning in Australia but since then has failed to claim another victory, instead finishing as a runner-up on five separate occasions.
Many of his rivals would be delighted to have such consistency but his lack of glory appears to have started to frustrate the 33-year-old who currently sits second in the standings, 38 points behind reigning champion Sebastian Vettel.
One of Raikkonen’s biggest problems has been his lack of pace in qualifying, which has often left him playing catch-up going into race days, although he did finish ahead of the German last time out in Hungary.
The drivers have recently been enjoying their summer break but are back in testing ahead of next week’s Belgian Grand Prix in Spa.
Raikkonen now accepts that consistency will not be enough for him to add to his solitary world title and says he needs to start turning his second places into victories if he is to have any chance of catching Vettel.
“I am now back in second which was a good way to enter the summer break,” he said. “I finished ahead of Seb in Hungary. To beat him [in the championship], we need to be winning races.
“If we keep finishing second like we’ve done many times this year it’s probably not going to be enough, but you never know what might happen.”