F1: Raikkonen beginning to see progress with Ferrari
MAY 21, 2014 2:14p ET
Kimi Raikkonen says that the Spanish GP represented a step forward for him after a difficult start to his second Ferrari career.
However, the Finn insisted that circumstances had conspired to make earlier weekends look worse than they should have.
“We’ve been pretty good in other races also,” he said. “But obviously had some problems in the race or in practice, and always messed up the complete big picture a bit. But obviously it was a bit better last time around. To be honest, if we finished where we finished, I think sixth and seventh, it’s not at all where we want to be as a team, so we still have an awful lot of work to do.
“We improve things little-by-little but the other teams are also going forward so it’s not a simple thing to fix and be in front suddenly. We know how it works and we know how much things have to improve but we keep working hard and for sure one day we will get there.”
Meanwhile, the former Monaco winner has an open mind about prospects for this weekend.
“Obviously it’s been pretty OK many times for me, the race, but then it’s not always from your side that the things go wrong here. There’s so many things that can affect your result in the end. Previous years haven’t been the best again, but hopefully this year can be a bit better, and hopefully we get some good points. But obviously it’s too early to say how the car will be. Everything is different from last year, so we have to just go open-minded and try to do the best that we can.
“Obviously [we have] a bit less grip this year and maybe some cars are a bit more hard to handle, but we have to see how it goes on the first practice and see what it is. But I think we’ve improved a lot since the winter, and it should be OK.”