Kimi Raikkonen is blatantly uncomfortable driving the troublesome Ferrari F14T, but does not blame his struggles on the complex gizmos required to maximise the performance of the new generation V6 turbo powered cars.
Speaking to the media during the Austrian GP weekend Raikkonen explained the reasons behind his problem, “It’s really about how the car handles, what I prefer and the way the tyres work. It’s a combination of that. We have a lot of work to do with the car, we are missing traction and we are missing a bit of grip on the mechanical side.”
“We try to balance it out and try to have a front end on the car, but it is very, very difficult. I hate it when there is no front end on the car,” admitted the 2007 Formula 1 World Champion.
He added, “If we sort out the front end we lose the rear and it is trying to balance it out – and somehow get it working. We have a lot of work to do before we have good things, but for sure we will get there.”
Ferrari have been relentlessly developing the F14T – which was problematic from the moment it rolled out of the garage at Jerez in late January – and to their credit are doing all they can to help Raikkonen overcome his woes, but the updates introduced for Austria did not have the desired impact.
“We tried something different since Saturday [in Austria] onward and I don’t think it made a difference in the end,” said Raikkonen.
“In certain areas it was totally missing, and it was a similar thing in Qualifying, but once we had decided to go that way we had to stick with it,” added the Finn. (GP247)