GP Canada, commenti post gara–07/06/2015
Ferrari must improve its 2015 F1 car in all areas – Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen says his Ferrari Formula 1 team must "improve in all areas" if it is to have any hope of catching pacesetter Mercedes.
The Scuderia used engine upgrade tokens ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix with Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and team boss Maurizio Arrivabene all insisting it was a step in the right direction.v
But it was a messy weekend for the team as Raikkonen finished fourth, having lost the chance of a podium with a spin, while Vettel recovered to fifth from 18th after his qualifying was ruined by a power loss.
Raikkonen said: "I think we have to improve in the all areas.
"The car is actually pretty nice. We’ve improved on all the areas since last year but we still have work to be done.
"We have come a very long way since last year like we see from the results but we still have a way to go."
Raikkonen added the nature of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve did not play to Ferrari’s strengths and thus the Canada result was not disaster.
"I’m sure this circuit layout is one of the most difficult for us in the aspect where we are a lacking a bit but we’ve done our best," he said.
"We just have to keep working the same way we’ve been doing so far and I’m sure we’ll get there but we need more time.
"It was not the nicest weekend for us but we still came out in fourth and fifth place.
"It’s not a disaster but obviously we’re looking for better results and that what we’re aiming for."
Canadian GP: Kimi Raikkonen blames Ferrari torque map for spin
Kimi Raikkonen blamed an issue with his Ferrari Formula 1 car’s torque maps for his spin at the hairpin during the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Finn was running third when he spun on the out-lap following his sole pitstop, causing him to lose 12 seconds and a place to Williams’s Valtteri Bottas.
But Raikkonen said the Scuderia has identified the problem and will learn from it ahead of the next race in Austria.
"Obviously it is something different than has been happening all year basically, otherwise I wouldn’t have spun," said Raikkonen.
"It was nothing to do with the tyres. It was something that is to do with the pitstop, maps and stuff like that.
"It is something that we know now and probably should have been smarter about and been able to avoid but it’s just on a map.
"I don’t know how to explain but it’s on the edge.
"You move the pedal a little bit and you get a massive difference on the torque and there’s no way that I could have controlled it anymore.
"It’s a stupid thing but it happened so we have to learn from it."
Ferrari used three of its engine token allocation for this weekend and though the team was unable to challenge Mercedes, Raikkonen believes the upgrade has been positive.
"We were hoping for better results and better speed against them but I think this circuit is going to show you the difference if you’re lacking on something," he said.
"I’m sure the upgrade was good and worked as expected but obviously we still have to work hard and improve things overall.
"I’m sure when we go to more normal circuits, we will be stronger and we’ll know where the differences were.
"We were hoping for a bit more of a closer fight and better result."