Kimi Raikkonen: “We haven’t been able to show our true potential so far”


World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H – Kimi Raikkonen. Saturday 28th May 2016, F1 Monaco GP Practice 3, Monaco, Monte Carlo. Digital Ref : 1568CB7D1883 - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kimi Raikkonen had a disappointing weekend in Monaco for the last round of the 2016 Formula One season, with the Finn’s grand prix over before it really got started. A collision with the barriers at the Loews hairpin, causing the front wing of the SF16-H to buckle underneath him, signalled a premature end to the Finn’s race.

Raikkonen’s attention has now switched to Canada however, and he is hopeful of a much stronger weekend in Montreal.

“I enjoy very much coming to Montreal, I have good memories, not only from my win in 2005, but also from the town itself, it’s a nice city and the people are very welcoming. We’ll try to do well again but of course is not going to be easy, hopefully we have a strong weekend.

The Finn is confident that the chassis and PU upgrades the Scuderia Ferrari squad have brought to Canada will make a difference, and the 2007 world champion expects to see some performance gains this weekend.

“The upgrades we brought here are like any other that we bring to a race, they are a step forward. We always try to improve in all areas and bring new parts for the car, we would never use something that we think is not better than the previous one.

Having not really delivered the results they would have wanted so far this season, Raikkonen reaffirmed the Maranello based squad’s commitment to push for strong results, as they strive to once again be the top team on the grid.

“Every race is important for us and every race we want to do our best, but we haven’t been able to show our true potential so far this year. As a team we keep working as one group, as Ferrari we want to be on top and it hurts when we cannot achieve that.

“Our target is to always be up there with the two cars, to fight for wins. We keep doing our best and I’m sure this will bring us results.”