If you were mildly surprised by Ferrari’s form at Monaco; you’re not lone. Many suspect that the Scuderia may have found their way back to the front of the grid to compete with Red Bull and Brawn GP. But before we get too worked up, Kimi Raikkonen says we should be patient.
“The Monaco weekend was a step forward as far as the result is concerned, but we have to be patient: I know that our fans want to see us winning immediately, but we have to be realistic,” Raikkonen said.
“We’re closer, that’s for sure, and we’ll have some updates in Turkey; but we know that the others work hard too. Compared to the Monaco track the Istanbul Park is a more conventional track and we have a more definite idea.”
“I really like this track and it’s very demanding. There are all types of corners and blind spots to brake; everything you need for a beautiful race.
“This year’s cars have less downforce, but we’re using slicks: corner number 8 will be very exciting under these circumstances. I think that it’s the downforce we still have to make up ground compared to Brawn GP and Red Bull, but we’re heading in the right direction.
“Now, almost half way through the season, I’m much more optimistic than I was at the start, especially with the steps we’ve taken in the last two races. We know that there are further improvements coming up, which makes me think positive about the future.”
“Whoever wins five out of six races at the start of the season is in an excellent position to winning the title, but the championship isn’t over yet. Everything can happen, although things have to change very soon,” he explained.
Nothing quite like being told to settle down and be patient by the Flying Finn.