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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Results still not where Raikkonen wants

Kimi Raikkonen insists that he is not happy with the way his 2015 F1 season has panned out, even if Ferrari is much improved over last year.

Kimi Raikkonen admits that, although Ferrari's performance has improved over last season, his own results have yet to match up to his expectations.

While new team-mate Sebastian Vettel has managed to break the Mercedes domination and stand atop the podium on three occasions in 2015, the Finn's best result remains the second place he took back in Bahrain, with just one other podium – in Singapore – to show for his efforts. Despite that, a quartet of fourth places have helped him into fifth in the overall standings, where he remains locked in battle with fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas.

“In many ways, this season went a lot better, but the results aren't yet what I want, for many different reasons,” Raikkonen sighed, “As a team, we've been much stronger compared to last year, when we were struggling with lack of speed. This year, the speed is pretty okay, but the results are still not there, where I want them to be.

“It's painful sometimes, but that's how it is in F1. You make a mistake and you pay the price – it's fair enough. I've been in this position before and I'm sure we can keep going in the right direction. Obviously we need to get better results, it's as simple as that. A lot of things have changed since [winning the world title for Ferrari in] 2007, but I feel the team is up there and we have all the tools to run at the front. This year hasn't been ideal for me but we're heading in the right direction, so let's see what we can do next year.”

The championship battle with Bottas has been brought into sharper focus by two on-track clashes between the pair in recent races, with a penalised Raikkonen coming off better in Russia and Bottas in Mexico last time out. The senior Finn, however, remains nonplussed by the attention the incidents have attracted.

“We had contact and I lost a wheel, you've probably seen it as well,” he said of his Mexican DNF, “These things happen but, unfortunately, it's happened between us a few times. You guys try to make a big deal out of it, but it's racing. Obviously, being from the same country, people may think we have a big fight going on, but it was just an unfortunate thing. I'm sure that, in the long run, it will sort itself out.”

Asked how important it was for him to establish himself as the number one Finn in F1, Raikkonen gave another typical answer, underlining how important it is for him to rediscover his mojo.

“It doesn't change my life,” he said of the struggle with Bottas, who currently holds the championship upper hand by a scant three points, “I try to achieve the best result, but we're talking about fourth or fifth place in the championship. The first place counts, the rest... it's nice to be as high up as possible, but nobody remembers if you finish fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh..”

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November 12, 2015 5:28 PM

He surely wouldn't be happy,his results are not a fair reflection of how he performed this season at all, I actually calculated how many he points he lost on misfortune and they are a lot! Australia +12(4th) Wheel nut left loose by Ferrari Malaysia +6(2nd) Tyre puncture and held up in qualifying by Ericsson could have easily caught up with Seb considering his race pace in comparison to Seb in that race Monaco +6(4th) Unfairly pushed off the track by Ricardo Silverstone +8(4th) Wrong strategy Hungary +18(2nd) MGU-K problem Belgium +9(3rd) Engine failure in qualfying having to start P14 and had to use old PU which was 2-3 tenths off the pace from the new PU,seeing Raikkonen's record at SPA a podium was granted if his engine worked in quail and race. Russia +6(5th) If it hadn't been a penalty. Mexico +15(3rd) A podium would have been pretty straightforward if Bottas hadn’t taken him out,also remember he had to start P19 because of his engine. 15+6+9+18+8+6+6+12+123 = 203 Raikkon


November 12, 2015 5:38 PM

continued Raikkonen 203 - Vettel 251 Still well off Vettel but considering that Seb had one of his most remarkable seasons this year I'd say Raikkonen did pretty well this year bar the mistakes in Monza,Austin and Canada which cost him in the range of 20-30 points and the mediocre qualifying pace.

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