Kimi Raikkonen says he has “belief” in Ferrari that it can turn its season around and enjoy a much improved 2015.
Having endured a tough first half of the year, Raikkonen scored a season's best result of sixth place in Hungary having dropped out in Q1 in qualifying. After such an impressive recovery, Raikkonen says he was encouraged by the performance at the Hungaroring and has faith Ferrari can continue on an upward trend.
“I hope that the second part of the season can be much better than the first part but obviously one little bit better day doesn't change an awful lot,” Raikkonen said. “It doesn't take away the mistakes, the things that we have to really improve and make it work as a team much better. That doesn't change from the morning to the afternoon.
“There's an awful lot of things that have to be done to make sure that we can be where we should be. Obviously [Hungary] has been a bit better overall apart from [qualifying] stupid mistakes, but I have belief in the people and in the team that we can put ourselves where we should be.”
However, Raikkonen doesn't feel it is possible to make big strides during 2014 and says Ferrari should focus on improving weak areas ahead of next season.
“There are some signs [in Hungary]; we had good speed but starting where we started it was hard to make any better race. Hopefully we will learn.
“I don't see things are going to be an awful lot different in three or four weeks but for sure for next year, so we will try to work to improve things and put things in the right order to improve in the second half and make sure things are exactly like we want and should be for next year.”