Raikkonen: We have a much better understanding of our car now

Kimi Raikkonen had the honour of being the first driver to hold a media session in Scuderia Ferrari’s newly refurbished Media unit at the Catalunya circuit, as this weekend marks the first appearance of the season for the trucks and hospitality units, with the Formula 1 calendar finally reaching Europe.

However, even if we are in Spain, the Finn’s first question involved looking back to the tough weekend in Shanghai.

“We have had a difficult start to the season, so we need to get things on track and fix that situation,” admitted Raikkonen. “It’s not an easy task, but I’m sure we can do much better. In China there were a lot of small things that influenced the final result and we would have understood the problems sooner if I had managed to take part in First Practice.”

“That made the rest of the weekend difficult. But we know what happened. So far, this year has not been very straightforward but I am hopeful that we can turn it round. I am sure we will get there, the question is when. Hopefully soon.”

Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday 9 May 2014.

With Mercedes having won all four races so far, a common question the length of the paddock is: are they uncatchable in the title race?

The Ferrari man isn’t sure, “We have been working hard and we have improved the car at every race and even a small thing can make a big difference to something like the handling for example.”

“We have a much better understanding of our car now, but the others are still pushing to improve too. Hopefully at some races soon we will be able to fight with them.”

Asked about the importance of getting a good result in Barcelona, Räikkönen does not believe that this is a make or break weekend: “It would be nice to get a good result here as that always makes life easier, but getting a good result here rather than at any other circuit is not going to change the year completely.”

“If we get the car running the way we like then we can get the results we want. The important thing is to have a clean weekend,” added the Finn. (Ferrari)

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