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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Raikkonen expects stronger Ferrari in Austria

Kimi Raikkonen believes this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring is likely to suit Ferrari more than the last race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Kimi Raikkonen believes this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring is likely to suit Ferrari more than the last race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Ferrari laboured to sixth and tenth with Fernando Alonso and Raikkonen respectively in Canada, while Red Bull – its rivals for second place in the constructors' championship – secured a double-podium with Daniel Ricciardo winning. While Raikkonen feels the circuit characteristics are not hugely different between the two races he is hopeful of an improved showing for Ferrari.

“It's not an awful lot different to Canada which has long straights and chicanes, here is long straights and a few high-speed corners,” Raikkonen said. “This should be better than Canada. Bahrain and Canada are two of the most difficult places for us right now and hopefully we find out that it's pretty good here.”

However, Raikkonen admitted that Ferrari had yet to definitively solve the problems he has been suffering in recent races.

“Obviously we looked at a lot of things but it's very hard to say what the reason is. Hopefully here we can be a bit more competitive and a bit happier with how things go and get a better result.”

On F1's return to Austria, Raikkonen said he was a fan of racing closer to home and expects an exciting race on Sunday.

“First of all it's good to come here in Europe rather than in Korea or some other place. Obviously it's quite a nice place to come, there's new stuff being built here. In the past I have good memories of the circuit and usually it makes for pretty good racing on this circuit because with the layout we can usually overtake.”



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