The Spaniard struggled with straight line speed throughout the weekend and could only make up one place from his starting position in the race. He admitted that the end result was the maximum possible but is confident that the Maranello-based outfit can make steps forward.
“Today’s race was complicated for us, even if we knew what to expect because, with its long straights, this track shows up our weak points,” he said. “The team did a super job and sorted the problem I had yesterday in the final part of qualifying and the start and strategy were perfect.
“The Safety Car helped us make up a bit of ground on the cars ahead of us and also allowed us to save fuel, but it was not enough to change the result, with eight cars ahead of us doing a better job. Although we did all we could, we can’t be happy with our level of performance and now our sole focus must be on working day and night. The season is in its early stages and I think we can stage a recovery. We have the resources and the potential to do it and it’s all down to us.”
Kimi Raikkonen was far from happy with a 10th place finish but felt the team made good progress with the handling of the Ferrari F14 T over the weekend. “I am very disappointed with today’s result, because after how qualifying went, I expected to do better,” said the Finn.
“I didn’t get a good start and immediately lost some places. On the first lap, I was hit by Magnussen, luckily without it doing any damage, but trying to move up the order at this point was very difficult, because the lack of aero downforce and speed on the straight meant overtaking was complicated.
“We knew this track was less suited to the characteristics of our car than the first two and that the Mercedes would be very quick. Overall, the handling of our car has generally improved compared to the first races and this makes me confident for the upcoming ones.”
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