“Step by step, the results will come” – Raikkonen
So far this season, the Maranello-based outfit has struggled with its F14 T. The team is currently third in the constructors’ standings, 18 points behind Red Bull Racing and 113 adrift of Mercedes.
After five races, Ferrari has recorded just one podium finish thanks to Fernando Alonso’s strong drive to third place at the Chinese Grand Prix. The two-time champion was sixth at the last race in Spain, one position ahead of Raikkonen.
The Finn spent both Barcelona in-season test days at the wheel of the F14 T and feels improvements have been made.
“After the last race, we stayed on in Barcelona for the test, which was reasonably positive: we had problems at the start, but by the end, I can say I was pleased with the work we managed to get through,” he said.
“The F14 T is improving and I am sure that, step by step, the results will come, but we must push harder to get them.”
Raikkonen is expecting this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix to be particularly challenging due to 2014’s regulation changes: “This season especially, with the new generation cars, we can expect it to be particularly exciting. These new cars tend to slide easily and in Monaco there’s not much room to drift off line.”
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Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his debut in the F1 paddock for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle and RumbleStripNews, as well as running a popular blog.