Kimi Raikkonen says he is keen to learn if Ferrari has improved the F14 T after struggling in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Although team-mate Fernando Alonso finished third, taking Ferrari's first podium finish of the year, Raikkonen was off the pace in China as he came home eighth. Attributing the struggles to his driving style, Raikkonen said it means he was unable to gauge if the team had made progress and is eager to do so this weekend in Spain.

"I think there was a lot of small things that influenced what happened [in China]," Raikkonen said. "I think we could have understood the things much better if we done something in first practice, but then it was wet, so it was not possible to learn whether we had improved because of that. It's an excuse but that's how it went and we know what happened.

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"Part of the issue was tyre temperature, but it's the same tyre for everybody so we need to get more knowledge and understand things better. It's difficult to know what to do but in future I hope we can be better and react to those things quicker. Some races it is a help for you, some it is against for you, so it's not just that one thing."

With the Spanish Grand Prix a race in which Raikkonen finished second behind Alonso last season, he admits a strong result would be welcome but says it would have no bearing on how the rest of this year pans out.

"It would be nice to get a good result here as that always makes life easier, but getting a good result here rather than at any other circuit is not going to change the year completely. If we get the car running the way we like then we can get the results we want. The important thing is to have a clean weekend.

"Obviously we do the best we can with the car. Every race we look at everything, even if it is a small thing, and whether it can make a difference on how we are doing. The fact is that when you are behind it is hard to catch because the others will not stop working, they keep pushing. We will keep working and trying to improve."


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It seems that, somewhat like Button, Kimi needs a particularly well-sorted car, especially oriented to his specific likings. Unlike Button, however, it looks like Kimi can find a direction to achieve this more often than not. Assuming the Ferrari isn't completely terrible, I have faith in a resurgence from Kimi.