Raikkonen upbeat over Ferrari progress

By on Monday, November 10, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen believes that he has made progress with the Ferrari F14T as he finished in seventh place in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen executed a two stop strategy to claim seventh place, his best result since Belgium, despite being slowed in the pits by a front jack failure.

"Overall, this has been a positive weekend and even in the race, I felt very good in the car," he said.

"During the second stint, we realised that if we went for a two stop strategy, we could make up ground, but then, at my second pit stop, I lost valuable time and that cost me some places. In the final part of the race, I had to fight off [Jenson] Button for a few laps and when Fernando [Alonso] caught me, tyre degradation meant I couldn’t fend him off.

"We leave Interlagos with a good feeling and even if we still have a lot of work ahead of us, this continued progress makes me confident for the future."

Team Principal Marco Mattiacci was pleased with Raikkonen's performance.

"With Kimi we decided to risk putting him to a two stop strategy and he was able to show that, if he feels comfortable with his car, he can get the most out of himself in terms of managing the tyres," he said.

"We are disappointed to have lost a few seconds at his pit stop and we take away the lesson that we must improve in every area that can affect performance."

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