In an interview with the "Official Formula One Website," Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen admits that qualifying positions play a huge part in the result of race day.
The current world champion hasn't had the best of seasons this year. He puts this down to his poor qualifying positions.
"You can't pretend to win the title if you're always starting from the sixth position," he said.
Formula 1 now sees a three-week break in which no testing is permitted by any team. This will aggravate Kimi more, as he feels he needs to work on the set-up of his car after his dismal displays in the recent Hungarian and German Grands Prix.
"Every time something strange happened, and we didn't manage to find the best possible set up for the car," he said. "We tried to find a good compromise, but it didn't help. We've got to solve that problem now for the upcoming race at Valencia.”
Surprisingly, Kimi set the fastest lap in Budapest despite being stuck behind a slower Fernando Alonso (Renault), and Ferrari's race pace hasn't been far off its "usual."
Despite his form recently, Kimi is still only five points behind rival Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) in the Drivers championship standings, "Whenever you're able to narrow the gap to the leader, it's very important," Raikkonen said.
Raikkonen has reported that he will be spending some of the three-week break at home in Finland, but he will be back on the track and raring to go on Aug. 22 for the European Grand Prix.