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Raikkonen – We have surprised ourselves

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Raikkonen - We have surprised ourselves

Raikkonen – We have surprised ourselves

2007 F1 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen says that Ferrari have “surprised” themselves with their aggressive performance at some grand prix’s this season, even as he admits the remaining weakness on their car won’t all be solved this year.

With five races of the season left – starting with the Russian GP in Sochi this weekend – Ferrari sit a comfortable second in the Constructors’ Championship, two places and 159 points better off than they were at this stage of their winless 2014 season, according to Sky Sports.

The Finn also acknowledged that Ferrari still don’t have a car for all circuits, although he does believe they have continued to make good progress since the start of the campaign – as shown at Suzuka, a track which didn’t automatically suit their car but where Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were only beaten by Mercedes.

“Certain tracks are trickier for our car depending on the layout right now. We know when it’s going to be a bit trickier, but we have surprised ourselves,” Kimi said.

“We expected Monza to be a bit more difficult, we were quite good there. Suzuka wasn’t too bad even though it shouldn’t be our favourite place right now. But it shows that we are doing the right things and improving things.”

“We know where the weaknesses are but there are limited things that we can do at this time of the year,” he added. “I’m sure we will keep improving little by little and next year we’ll be in better shape again.”

The Italian outfit have won three races in 2015 with new recruit and four-time champ Sebastian Vettel — in Malaysia, Hungary and Singapore. The Iceman best came in Bahrain when he finished second.

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