Alonso, Raikkonen: We must close the gap

By on Monday, March 17, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen have insisted that the team must close the gap to Mercedes if they are to be competitive in 2014.

Alonso finished the race in fifth place with Raikkonen in eighth, although both drivers gained a position following the disqualification of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

"I’d have liked to start the season with a podium, but getting both cars to the flag is a good result, which can give us confidence, especially on the reliability front," said Alonso.

"I had some problems with the electric motor at the start and had to make a few changes from the steering wheel, but after the first ten laps everything went well.

"35 seconds down on the leader is too big a gap and to work out what we need to do to close that gap, we will need to analyse the race, work out what are the strong and weak points on the car.

We are a great team and I have total faith in our guys, because they did a great job today. We still have lots to learn about this new Formula 1, as the race was very strange and very difficult. But it’s only the start. We must concentrate on doing better in Malaysia."

Raikkonen added that it is too early to write off Ferrari.

"It’s definitely too early to make any definite judgement, because even if at the moment we don’t seem to be in great shape, we still managed to finish the race, scoring valuable points," he said. "We can’t be pleased with this result and we know there are many areas where we need to improve. But I’m sure that analysing the data from this first race will give us a clearer idea of the direction to work in."


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