Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari has "definitely" made progress with the handling of his car at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

In a close qualifying session, Raikkonen ended up tenth on the grid but just over 0.1s slower than team-mate Fernando Alonso in eighth. Having been struggling with the front end of his Ferrari all season, Raikkonen said there had been a lot of work done at Interlagos which has left him happier with the handling of his car.

"Not really new parts but it's just different things that we've been running or not been running some things that we've had available," Raikkonen said. "It's not new designs, it's just trying to run the car differently. It's been pretty good all weekend. We finished tenth but there were no major issues. I think we were close to our maximum speed unfortunately.

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"Maybe a couple of tenths could have been found but it's not like something is wrong. It's been pleasant to drive the car all weekend so that's a nice thing. Obviously finishing tenth is a different story but we definitely have been making some progress on that side. We have to see how it is in the race because we couldn't do the long run yesterday with all the red flags but it's been going in the right direction, for sure."

However, Raikkonen said there are no guarantees that the progress he has made will carry over in to 2015 despite being much happier in Brazil.

"New cars are always different. We tried many things this year in races and it hasn't worked out and has probably cost us some points, but I want to try things and find out. It's been such a difficult year anyhow that I would rather try things and if it doesn't work I'll pay the price for it, that's fine. Next year will be different because you have a new car. It's a different story.

"I'm sure it will be a lot better car, a lot better package from what we have learned from here. We can improve for sure and like I said this weekend the car has been behaving pretty nicely. There are areas we have to improve, that's for sure. Yes there was some understeer in qualifying but I don't think you're going to get the car right for every lap and unfortunately you make mistakes when you push for the limit. So it's been a better feeling for sure."

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I'm starting to think that Alonso's legendary development skills aren't really quite what anyone thought they were, after such a long period of non-improvement. Honestly, looking at Kimi's history with Lotus, McL and 2007 when Ferrari focused on him, etc, he's a pretty good development driver, his package generally improving year after year. Gives tentative me hope for next year if he's leading the testing.