Raikkonen hopes to fight for 2016 title

By on Thursday, November 26, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen is hopeful that Ferrari will be able to mount a sustained title challenge to current champions Mercedes in 2016.

Ferrari endured a dismal 2014 campaign as Formula 1 switched to 1.6 litre v6 power units but made substantial progress across the winter to emerge as Mercedes' primary threat, with Sebastian Vettel winning three races.

"Obviously this year has been a lot stronger year from the team than previous year and you can easily see it from whichever way you look at it and it all comes to next year," said Raikkonen.

"Obviously that’s the aim: the aim is always to try to be in the front and Mercedes has always been very strong last years and everybody else tries to beat them.

"Is it going to happen? Are we going to be in a position next year? We hope so at least. We have to wait until we put the cars on the circuit in a test and the first few races – then we really see where we are.

"Obviously there’s a lot of work being done at the factory, number and stuff but it’s never the same until we’re really on the circuit.

"Then we can see it pretty well, or feel it quite quickly, after a few laps, if it’s going to a good one or not so good one. I’m sure we’re going to have a strong package – but is it strong enough? Time will only tell."

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