Kimi Raikkonen admitted to having mixed feelings about his third place finish in the Singapore Grand Prix, with the Finn happy to have finished on the podium for only the second time in 2015 but disappointed not to have had the opportunity to fight Daniel Ricciardo for second.
The Scuderia Ferrari driver felt the overall result in Singapore was positive for the team, especially with team-mate Sebastian Vettel taking the victory, but admitted he struggled for grip and with the handling of his SF15-T that ultimately saw him drop away from the leading pair.
“I have mixed feelings: I’m happy to be third, considering how difficult it was yesterday, struggling with the grip and the handling of the car, but I’m a bit disappointed for not having been able to fight for a better position,” said Raikkonen.
“Today I knew it was not going to be easy: it was a tricky race, on new tires I was able to follow Daniel easily, but then I was starting to have the same problems as yesterday, and I did not have enough speed for trying to catch him.
“First and third is a great result for the whole team, but of course it could have been better.”
Raikkonen admits it is hard to predict whether the Singapore form can be taken into the remaining races of the season, feeling some tracks will suit other teams better, but hopes to be back fighting at the front sooner rather than later.
“It’s hard to predict how is going to be in the next races , but I don’t think we should get carried away,” said Raikkonen.
“Obviously some tracks fit you better that others: we’ll do our best as usual. Hopefully we’ll find out that we can be competitive again fighting at the front.
“We have done an amazing job as a team so far, we keep improving, building and learning a lot in all areas, we are going in the right direction.”