Kimi Raikkonen (14/1 – Belgian GP Outright) believes the Hungarian Grand Prix proved Ferrari have had good pace this season and they are confident of challenging Mercedes again in the next outing in Belgium.
The Finn, along with team-mate Sebastian Vettel, jumped the Merc pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg from the start at the Hungaroring recently in an incident-packed race.
It was the former Red Bull driver and four-time world champion who managed to clinch victory for a second time this season and it could have been better for Ferrari had Raikkonen not suffered an engine failure late on.
Despite failing to finish the Finn believes the latest outing has highlighted the improvements that have been made and is confident the same performances can be produced in the remaining races.
“We had good speed and we pulled away from them, not easily, but we were consistently faster than them,” he said. “I don’t know what would have happened if we were behind them, probably we couldn’t have used our own speed because it is hard to overtake.
“There have been many times this year when we feel we had more speed than we have been able to show because we were stuck behind another car and not been able to overtake.
“So the benefit of making good starts made a big difference and it was nice to have a good start with both cars because it hasn’t been our strongest point this year. It shows that we are doing things right and that the car is not too bad.”
Next up is the Belgian Grand Prix on August 23 and Vettel will be hoping to clinch a third win of the season at a price of 10/1.
Current championship leader Hamilton is still the favourite at 1/2, despite the erratic display in Hungary while Rosberg is a 9/4 chance.