For Kimi Raikkonen, 2014 has been a year of disappointments, with the Ferrari driver yet to secure a podium finish in any of the sixteen races of the season so far, and the Finn has three opportunities remaining, starting this weekend with the United States Grand Prix at Austin.
Raikkonen is hopeful of having a clean weekend in Austin as he continues to seek a solution to the front end issues he has been suffering for the majority of 2014 that have seen him score only 47 points compared to team-mate Fernando Alonso’s 141.
“I’ve been suffering with lots of small things, but the front end has not been as good as I wanted and that’s not easy to fix,” said Raikkonen. “It’s better, but it’s taken a bit too long.
“Hopefully we can have a nice clean weekend, starting with getting everything sorted in practice and then be as strong as possible.”
Despite his struggles in 2014, Raikkonen continues to believe that returning to Ferrari after leaving the Lotus F1 Team was the right move. Despite having a best finish of fourth at Spa-Francorchamps this season, he stated that he would rather be at Ferrari than any other team.
“For sure I made a hundred per cent the right decision to return to Ferrari,” insisted Raikkonen. “The results have not been the ones I wanted or the team wanted, but that’s how it goes. We have made progress from where we started, but it’s not easy to get things exactly as you want. But I am happy to be here. I’d rather be with Ferrari than with any other team. So I’m sure I made the right decision coming here.”
Looking ahead to 2015, Raikkonen insists he trusts the team designing the 2015 car, and although he believes next years car will be an improvement on this years machine, he still has doubts that it will be fighting up the front for race wins.
“I have a hundred percent trust in the people who run the team and build the cars,” said Raikkonen. “I am sure we can have a good package: will it be good enough? Only time will tell. We have a lot of work to do and we have learned a lot from this year.
“We don’t expect to suddenly jump to the front and be winning the races, but we can make a big leap and be up there fighting. Until we put it on track and do those first laps at the first test we won’t know. We know where the issues are and our people are smart enough to fix them. According to the rules, there are limits to what we can do but we will improve.”