Formula One: We have to keep fighting, says Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari drives during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 25, 2014.

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Kimi Raikkonen remains confident that he will be able to get more out of the Ferrari F14 T when he feels more comfortable with it.

Raikkonen, who lost third place in Monaco when he picked up a puncture, has not finished higher than seventh in the six races held so far. He has 17 points to the 61 of Fernando Alonso.

“Obviously we need to improve in many areas,” said the Finn after Sunday’s race. “We’ve done a lot of things with engine and stuff like that to improve already, but we’re still lacking speed, and if we have to compare it to Mercedes, they’re still quite a way ahead of us. We know what we have to do, but those things will not be easy to fix. It just takes time.

“We’re going forward all the time, but other teams are improving also. So we know where the weaknesses are, but solving those, if would be easy, everybody would have a fast car. We keep working and I’m sure if we can get the results that we were close to get today, with the feelings that we have now, once we get a good feeling with things I’m sure it’s going to be a lot better. But obviously until we get the results and things fixed, we have to keep fighting and hopefully be a bit more lucky in the future.”

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Although from the outside Monaco looked like his most impressive race to date in 2014, Raikkonen says that circumstances have disguised his potential on other occasions.

“I’ve driven well many times, but obviously there’s always been something going wrong in the races, punctures from other people hitting me, and it’s just never come together really. It’s just a shame. Today again we had a good position, and got a puncture. It’s just bad luck, small things going wrong and making a massive difference. Unfortunate things.

“I was still unhappy with the car in the race, it was better than in qualifying, but we still have a long way to go to be where we want to be. Obviously I could take results like we were supposed to get today. At some point at least it will turn around, but it wasn’t today.”