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'Light at the end of the tunnel' for Raikkonen

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Kimi Raikkonen is not getting carried away by his sixth position in Hungary but thinks the race is proof he is turning a corner after his difficult first half of the 2014 season.

Raikkonen made up for a huge error of judgement from Ferrari in qualifying, where he stayed in the garage at the end of Q1 and dropped out of the session, to record his best result of the season so far. Despite the result, Raikkonen does not think all of his problems are behind him just yet but he welcomes the fact he was competitive at the Hungaroring.

"It's been a hard first part of the year," Raikkonen said. "When you can push and fight against people rather than just defend and fall backwards, it shows that we are doing something right and getting at least some light at the end of the tunnel. It's a good thing but the big picture hasn't changed from one result.

"We still have issues where we have to improve - mechanical grip, downforce, power. Here and Monaco seem to be a bit better for us but there is still a long way until we can say we are happy. The result is a bit better for me, and the team got a few more points, but the team hasn't suddenly made a massive change."

Raikkonen thinks the results team-mate Fernando Alonso has achieved this year proves Ferrari has a good basic package but he thinks there are still lots of little areas of improvement that can be made ahead of next season.

"It's not a disaster, that's for sure, otherwise there would not be the results the team has achieved so far. We know the areas where we have to work and it's a bit everywhere. We are not really bad anywhere but we are not fantastic anywhere.

"It's a reliable car, some places work better and some conditions work better but we have a lot of places that we know if we improve we can improve the whole thing. Things are not easy to change or improve in Formula One. You can pinpoint the issue you have but it's very tricky to suddenly come up with a fix otherwise it would be easy and nobody would have any issues."

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