Kimi Raikkonen: “We have to improve”


Kimi Raikkonen is happy Ferrari have scored points in all three races so far in 2016 but knows there is still scope for improvement as they seek their first win of the season.

The Finn finished fifth last time out in China after a podium in Bahrain, but knows the potential is there for Ferrari to have strong performances, starting this weekend in Russia.

“In the first races we had some struggles, but at least we got some points out of it,” said Raikkonen. “Our aim is to always do better, having a normal weekend, hopefully with no issues.

“It is a hard season but we have to keep working and make progress. We know we have things to be done and improved but we have a good package which would allow us to go quite happy in the race weekend.

“There are small details that can make a big difference in an overall result and we have to get the maximum out of it. We have to improve the areas we know we are not very happy with, making things better and driving better.”

After his recovery to fifth place in China, Raikkonen felt he made a good recovery from being at the rear of the field at the start following a clash with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, but hopes for a much cleaner, problem free weekend at the Sochi Autodrom this weekend.

“About what happened in China, it’s not ideal but it’s part of racing and it’s in the past already, and anyway we managed to make a pretty good recovery and it was not a disaster,” said Raikkonen.

“This track is quite nice. In the past years it has been quite tricky to make the tires work, especially on a short run. Last year the weather was pretty poor.

“This weekend probably for the first time we are going to have nice weather all the time, hopefully we are going to have a normal practice and go from there, but making fast laps is never easy, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow and move from there.”