GP Ungheria, commenti post gara–27/07/2014
Raikkonen not expecting big improvement over summer break
Kimi Raikkonen says he is not expecting Ferrari to make a big improvement over the summer break, after finishing in sixth place in today’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
It is the Finn’s best result of the year so far, after starting down in 16th place following a strategy mistake from the Maranello-based outfit.
“Yeah, after yesterday’s mistakes, this kind of place it is hard to place and we were lacking straight-line speed, I had difficulties passing the Sauber in the middle of the race with the DRS so obviously it was a bit tricky but we managed to gain place,” he said when asked if sixth was the best possible result. “We were faster than Williams but I just couldn’t get past.”
He hopes the second part of the year is better, but does not expect a big difference after the summer break. “I hope that the second part of the season can be much better than the first one, but obviously one little bit better day doesn’t change an awful lot,” he explained.
“It doesn’t take away the mistakes and the things we have to really improve, make it work as a team much better. That doesn’t change from this moment to this afternoon; there are an awful lot of things left to be done to make sure we can be where we should be.
“I believe in the team, that we can put ourselves where we should be. There are some signs, today we had good speed but obviously starting where we started, it was hard to make any better place. I don’t think there is going to be a big difference in three or four weeks, but for sure next year. So we try to work more improving things and improve in the second half, make sure things are how we want and should be.”
He believes the cooler conditions helped Ferrari but admitted that the team is nowhere near where it should be.
Alonso’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen recovered from 16th on the grid to finish sixth, but the Finn said he took little satisfaction from scoring his best result of the season.
"Sixth doesn’t really give me anything – I’m here to win races," said Raikkonen.
"It’s good points but still nowhere near where we should be. I’m still disappointed.
"We are going in the right direction but there is still a long way to go."