Raikkonen targets more clean weekends

By on Thursday, August 28, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen says he simply needs clean weekends in order to extract the maximum from the Ferrari F14T after collecting his best result of the season at last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen finished in fourth place at Spa Francorchamps to move up to 10th in the championship, after a weekend in which Raikkonen enjoyed a relatively smooth time.

Raikkonen does not consider his result in Belgium a breakthrough result - citing three previous events at which his weekend was compromised by situations outside of his control - but nonetheless believes it proves that the squad is making progress.

"We had good races before, the last race before [Hungary], the feeling has been better, we put ourselves in a bad position in last qualifying, from that point we were f**ked and there’s not much we could do," he said.

"[At Spa it] wasn’t the ideal qualifying but at least we were up there, we had no problems in the race and for probably the first time we didn’t have damage or any other issues and we could just do our race.

"We don’t have the horsepower [but] for sure is much better than the beginning of the year, we’re getting stronger every side, not just the engine and electronics, for sure we don’t have the downforce that other teams have so it’s the package.

"We’re not bad in any areas but we’re not good either, we’re missing a bit everywhere, mechanical grip and the engine power. We keep working and doing things."

Raikkonen concedes that the high-speed Monza circuit may prove to be a difficult home race for Ferrari, but it will be easier if they have another clean weekend.

"Obviously we hope to do well - it's a home race lots of fans for Ferrari, but we try and do [the] maximum every race, if we can get a clean race and get ourselves in a good position after qualifying we can do on our own stuff and not worry about the others and then usually you get the better results that our speed deserves," he said.

"That’s the aim for the next race and hopefully they [fans] are surprised with our speed there."

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