“It was just a bit too much understeery, and it was destroying the front tyres because of that, but we could still fight for second place,” he said, “For sure, without the damage, we could have been quite a bit faster.
“There's no way to tell or not how much the front wing damage affected the whole race. Obviously, the car is not designed [to run] like that, so it's not going to help, but I cannot tell you if it's a tenth or half a second per lap. I was surprised how good the car was, even with quite a lot of damage. It was unfortunate, but I think we also have to be a bit lucky not to lose more. I could still overtake people.”
Asked whether he thought Fernando Alonso's victory, achieved without significant problems from either tyre compound, signalled a shift in power from Red Bull to Ferrari, Raikkonen insisted that F1 remained as unpredictable as it had been at round one.
“As Fernando said, from race to race, one team is a little bit stronger and the next race is a bit of a different story,” he concluded, “I think all four teams are close to each other, so whoever gets it best on Sundays and Saturdays will win. It will be interesting...”