Raikkonen confident over Ferrari improvements

By on Thursday, March 26, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen believes that Ferrari has made progress in 2015 and can provide a much stronger challenge to Mercedes compared to last year.

Raikkonen qualified in fifth position in Australia but had to retire after his second pit stop when his wheel was not firmly attached.

"Obviously we are in a much better position than we were say even at the end of last year so in that way it's a nice place to be but obviously we still have to improve quite a bit," he said.

"We want to be in front and we still don't have the speed exactly, at least in qualifying, to be there. In the race I think we are a bit stronger compared to [our qualifying deficit to] Mercedes.

"But I think it will be a fun year, obviously not an ideal start of the year and we got some damage from the start and had those issues in the pit stops but you know it can happen sometimes but at least we had pretty good speed.

"I’m sure we’re going to have strong races and good battles but like I said we still have some work to do to be absolutely where we want to be but we have done a good job so far."

Raikkonen added that Ferrari has taken steps in a number of areas, not just the engine.

"It’s the whole package," he said. "We improved the engine a lot but we improved the chassis itself a lot as well."

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