Kimi Raikkonen still not fully comfortable with Ferrari’s F1 car
Kimi Raikkonen says he is still not fully comfortable with Ferrari’s current Formula 1 car, after his troubled start to the season continued at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Finn qualified seven tenths adrift of team-mate Fernando Alonso on the Monte Carlo streets, but he got ahead of the Spaniard at the start and looked set for a first podium finish of the season until his race was ruined by two collisions that both required him to make unscheduled pitstops.
Alonso has generally outpaced Raikkonen so far this season, and Raikkonen told reporters after the Monaco race that the F14 T is still not to his liking, despite his strong opening stint.
"I’m still not happy with the car – the race was better than qualifying but we still have a long way to go to where we want to be," Raikkonen said.
"We need to improve in many areas."
The 2007 world champion added that Ferrari knows what it needs to do, and that it has already taken steps in the right direction.
"We’ve done a lot of things already, particularly with the engine, but we’re still lacking speed," he said.
"We have to compare to Mercedes and they’re still quite a way ahead of us.
"We know what we have to do but those things will not be easy to fix. It just takes time.
"We’re going forward all the time but other teams are improving also.
"We know where the weaknesses are but if it would be easy everybody would have a fast car."