Kimi Raikkonen fought back superbly from a dreadful start during the Italian Grand Prix to finish fifth, but admits mistakes need to be eliminated to be able to get better results starting this weekend in Singapore, with the Scuderia Ferrari driver only having finished on the podium once during 2015 so far.
Raikkonen insists better results will come once all the results and mistakes he and the team have been making this season, and hopes 2016 is a year when Ferrari challenge on a regular basis for wins and podiums.
“I think we are doing the right things but we’ve had issues here and there and if, like in the last race, something happens at the start, this compromises the end result,” said Raikkonen. “If we get rid of all the issues and mistakes I’m sure we can get good results.
“We are going in the right direction, we have to finish strong. The aim for this year is try to win more and hopefully next year we’ll be in the position to challenge in every race as a team.”
Raikkonen believes the Marina Bay layout offers more opportunity to overtake than other street circuits, but hopes to have another strong qualifying performance like he did in Italy so not to have to make passes during the race.
“Because of the track layout, compared to many other places here it’s easier to overtake,” said Raikkonen.
“As usual, our aim here is to do well in qualifying to have better chances in the race. Obviously we want better results, it would make it more fun for everybody.”