After an incident packed Monaco Grand Prix Kimi Raikkonen admitted that he is still not completely at ease with his Ferrari F14T, and that the Maranello outfit have a long way to go to challenge the all conquering Mercedes team.
Speaking to reporters after the race in Monte Carlo, “I’m still not happy with the car – the race was better than Qualifying but we still have a long way to go to where we want to be.’
The post race declaration prompted memories of his long time discomfort in the Lotus E20 back in 2012 – the year in which he made his return to Formula 1. It took most part of the season for the Finn to get comfortable, and he was only really content when the follow-up E21 broke cover, having been designed with him in mind.
At Monaco this past weekend, Raikkonen had a luckless afternoon despite a flying start which saw him running in third early on, a podium beckoned but two skirmishes on the narrow confines of Monte Carlo streets required unscheduled pit stops which eventually relegated the Iceman to 12th when the chequered flag waved. (GP247)
“This was a very unlucky day for me, a real shame after getting a good start and managing to move up to third place. The car was handling well and had a good pace,” reflected Raikkonen who set the fastest lap of the race in the late stages, aided by being on low fuel and the freshest Super-soft Pirelli tyres out there at the time.
“We need to improve in many areas. We’ve done a lot of things already, particularly with the engine, but we’re still lacking speed. We have to compare to Mercedes and they’re still quite a way ahead of us. We know what we have to do but those things will not be easy to fix. It just takes time,” explained the 2007 F1 World Champion, the most recentFerrari driver to have held the world title.
“We’re going forward all the time but other teams are improving also. We know where the weaknesses are but if it [was] easy, everybody would have a fast car,” mused Raikkonen. (GP247)