Maurice Hamilton and Jennie Gow talk about the pressure that Ferrari are under as Mercedes continue to dominate Formula One this season. (2:21)
Kimi Raikkonen believes it will not be long before Ferrari starts achieving the results it expected heading into the 2016 season.
Raikkonen claimed his first podium finish of the year in Sochi and is the closest driver to the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in the championship standings, sitting 57 points adrift of Rosberg and ten ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel.
“For sure we can do a better job,” Raikkonen said. “We want to achieve better results, we keep pushing and try to make the best out of every race weekend. The aim is to be in front with the two cars. This is not where we want to be, but I don’t think we’re as far behind as some of the results show. We know what has to be done and we’re not far away.”
Ferrari has endured a fragmented start to 2016 and arguably should have won in Melbourne had it got its strategy right following a safety car period. Raikkonen was forced into retirement at the season opener, while an engine failure on the formation lap in Bahrain, contact at Turn 1 between both Ferraris in China and a further DNF in Russia has hampered Vettel’s early hopes of challenging Mercedes.
The collision between Raikkonen and Vettel in Shanghai led Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne to claim that his team should have taken wins already. When asked whether Ferrari has felt the pressure from Marchionne, the 2007 world champion said: “Obviously we always try to please our fans, the people and our president. We always try to do our best in every single race weekend.
“It’s always easy to say afterwards what could have been, but the facts are this is what we have achieved so far. Yes, some of the races haven’t been nearly as positive as they could have been but the end result is not lying, they are real.”
Raikkonen, a two-time winner of the Spanish Grand Prix, refused to speculate on whether Ferrari could benefit in Barcelona from how well it works the soft tyre compound compared to Mercedes.
“If you look back to history it’s fair to say a car that works well here works well in other tracks, but it’s not so simple. We had a good winter testing here, but now we have different conditions, its warmer, so we’ll see if the car is good enough – we’ll find out.
“One race doesn’t decide the season. We have to perform in every circuit we go to, and if the car is fantastic here that doesn’t mean it’s going to give us better results in the next race.”