8 July 2015
F1 British Grand Prix: Raikkonen not expecting Williams to remain in front
Kimi Raikkonen is hoping that a move away from fast circuits like Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring will hand the advantage in the battle for 'best of the rest' back to Ferrari.
Williams' form at Silverstone provided one of the talking points of raceday, where Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas spent nearly half the race at the very front, but Kimi Raikkonen does not believe that signifies a change in the F1 pecking order.
Although Bottas, in Canada, and Massa, in Austria had taken turns to deny the Finn and team-mate Sebastian Vettel a podium appearance in the two races heading into Silverstone, Raikkonen firmly believes that they were three circuits that benefited the Mercedes-powered FW37, and that normality will be resolved next time out in Hungary.
“It depends a lot on other circuits and conditions over the weekend, but I expect it to be a different story in the next race, and then we go to different circuits again,” said the 2007 world champion, who faded to eighth at Silverstone after mis-timing his switch to intermediate tyres, “It was not ideal for us, [the] conditions, tyres, but we have to improve. We have to try and get better, whatever circuit it is, [whatever] conditions, tyres…”
With no German race on the agenda this year, the Hungaroring is next up for the F1 fraternity, and poses a very different question to Silverstone.
“I am sure it will [be better],” Raikkonen said of Ferrari's chances, “It was not an ideal weekend, the Mercedes were a bit faster, but I am sure it will be easier there, but we will see. For sure, we are hoping it will be easier weekend.”
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