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F1 Japanese GP: Raikkonen: Consistency counts for little without wins

Kimi Raikkonen says he's enjoyed a more consistent season in 2016 but without wins for Ferrari it has left the team unhappy with the campaign.
Kimi Raikkonen says he's enjoyed a more consistent season in 2016 but without wins for Ferrari it has left the team unhappy with the campaign.

The Ferrari driver has finished the past 10 races in the points – while suffering only two retirements this year – which has seen the Finn rise to fourth in the F1 drivers' championship and ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Despite this consistency neither Raikkonen nor Vettel have tasted victory so far in 2016 while the Finn has only reached the podium on four occasions.

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This lack of sharp end results has left Raikkonen unsatisfied with the progress even though he has already scored more points this year than his entire total from 2015.

“It is difficult to be satisfied where we are right now because we want to be in a better place fighting out front,” Raikkonen said. “This is what we have right now, we always try to do our best but obviously right now it not what we want as Ferrari so we can't be happy. We have to keep working, giving our best, and hopefully we will be further up soon.

“Anything less than winning is obviously not why we are here. Second is better than third place but it is not an awful lot in the end. It has been a more solid and consistent year but like I said we want to be back at the front and fight consistently in order to stand a good chance of winning. That is the aim and then obviously it relies on other things to go our way also.

“We are lacking a bit of speed but we are not giving up, will keep trying, and we will improve. It just takes time and the pace has been better but it is still not at the optimum.”

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Raikkonen is still yet to win a race during his second stint with Ferrari and his last victory in F1 came at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix for Lotus.

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