Kimi Raikkonen states Ferrari was never in real looking contention for victory in Sunday’s British Grand Prix and concedes Mercedes was just quicker.
Obtaining been beaten to pole posture by around .5s, Raikkonen was ready to continue to keep Lewis Hamilton inside touching length during the opening stint at Silverstone. Raikkonen’s rate in the long run dropped in the latter stages as Hamilton opened up a at ease buffer of around 10s, in advance of the Finn endured a dramatic entrance-still left tyre delamination with four laps remaining.
After currently being pressured to pit it seemed as though Raikkonen would miss out on a deserved podium end, right until Ferrari teammate Vettel endured a puncture — also on his entrance still left tyre — endorsing Raikkonen back up the get into 3rd. Irrespective of recording just his 3rd rostrum appearance of the year, the 2007 environment winner reckons 2nd place would have been the utmost final result the Scuderia could have realized.
“We experienced a first rate commence but after we fell at the rear of, we experienced no genuine possibility to beat them,” Raikkonen admitted. “We could have been 2nd nowadays but we did not actually have the velocity in opposition to Lewis. Certainly we have some get the job done to be performed.”
Ferrari has not recorded a Method A single get considering that the Monaco Grand Prix in May perhaps, with Mercedes using 3 of the final four grand prix victories. It could have been a clean slate of wins experienced Hamilton’s headrest not come free in Baku, though Raikkonen does not imagine Mercedes’ the latest variety is a sign the group has obtained a overall performance phase around Ferrari.
“I really don’t know irrespective of whether we are closer or not. I believe the 1st part, indeed but around the pitstops, almost certainly not. So I have to say, of course we have to seem and try out to discover. For sure the final handful of circuits hasn’t been suitable for us.
“I am sure Hungary should really be a better circuit for us, and our strengths — but we wait around and see. Have to have to continue to keep performing tough and try out to enhance. Try out to continue to keep fighting as a lot as we can.”