Kimi Raikkonen says he must work hard on improving his performances in qualifying if he is to make the most of his more comparable pace come race day.
Though the Finn is enjoying a vastly improved season with Ferrari, he has been largely overshadowed by new team-mate Sebastian Vettel, in part because the German's better starting positions – which haven't deviated lower than the second row – have helped give him the upper hand come race day.
Indeed, Maurizio Arrivabene says he is satisfied with Raikkonen's pace compared with Vettel in the races, but having started on the second row just once in 2015, the former champion admits this is an urgent area for improvement.
“Obviously we have to go away and think as something isn't right in qualifying. [We need to] get the car working as best as we can and gain some places. Hopefully for the rest of the year we can improve and make the race a whole lot easier. On Sundays we seem to have the speed but starting in bad positions doesn't help us."
When asked where those improvements will come from, Raikkonen says he needs to get a better understanding of the tyres.
“I have to make sure the tyres are working better. There are mistakes on Saturday in qualifying and I'm sure we can do a better job. For whatever reason, we haven't qualified well on Saturdays for a while and hopefully we can change."
Raikkonen has started on the front row of the F1 grid just once since his return to action in 2012. His last pole position came in the 2008 French Grand Prix.