Ferrari speedy, Kimi Raikkonen accepts that it was finger trouble that caused his poor start in the Italian Grand Prix, and he says a raft of changes have put the F1 team on track to chase for honours again.
Talking with, The Straits Times at Shell’s trackside lab inside the Ferrari garage at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, the Iceman was confident that the resurgent Ferrari could challenge for honours again.
“There have been lots of changes… the team, the car, the engine. But they are good changes,” he told The Straits Times.
“There is still some way to go but, compared to where we were last year, it is a big step.”
Kimi, has also seen an upturn as he is fifth in the drivers’ standings with 92 points.
“I was still on the anti-stall and the reason why…for sure I did all correct, but the finger might have been for whatever reason on the second paddle in a bit wrong position for no apparent reason,” said Raikkonen in Singapore.
“But the end result is the same. We obviously have to learn from that. It’s a shame.
“Issues like that are not ideal but I had to make up and I had a good race,” he noted.
The Italian outfit is too far behind leaders Mercedes, who are a massive 181 points ahead in the constructors’ standings.
The Finn believes the Prancing Horse will give the Mercedes team a real run for their money.
“Some races were close. Now, our aim is to be fighting for wins. I am very happy with how much progress we have made. He said
“We will see over the weekend (how Ferrari do in the Singapore Grand Prix).
“Singapore is a difficult but exciting race. Although the safety car comes out every year, it can sometimes benefit you. A lot of things can happen here.”