Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Raikkonen progress taking 'way too long'

Raikkonen progress taking 'way too long'

"I'm pretty happy with the vehicle now and [on Saturday], on one lap pace, it was just small things".

"Looking at the big picture we are pretty much where we want to be, we need to fine-tune a few things and also putting the lap together in qualifying", Raikkonen said.

Indeed, quadruple world champion Vettel has won two of the three grands prix so far this year, and is leading the championship from Mercedes' Sebastian Vettel.

"To be honest it has taken way too long!"

"We are well aware we have a long road ahead and know that if we want to get to the most important finish-line of all, we can not stint on our commitment and focus for a second", he commented.

"A lot of reasons but it didn't help last race [China], not driving the first day". I feel that we are doing the absolutely right things. First of all it's taking too long, in my view, but there's no point in complaining, this is my job. I don't think they are big things but, obviously, they have cost us a lot of time.

Admitting he struggled in the opening two races, the Finn believes the Bahrain weekend finally saw him getting to grips with the vehicle.

"The vehicle was working pretty nicely and, to be honest, I expected that". I have no complains on that side.

"[I had a] shit start and then an bad first few corners because of that".

"I managed to pass him in the end but it just takes a long time, they're usually very fast in a straight line, Williams". At that point, obviously, I was a bit behind.

Raikkonen endured a hard run to fourth place in Bahrain when a poor start from fifth on the grid left him seventh by the end of the opening lap, before a slow pit-stop forced him to reclaim positions on Massa's Williams and the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo. "In a way, a lot of good things happened but the end result is still disappointing, at least in my books".

Raikkonen struggled with understeer in the Australian and Chinese Grand Prix but said that the problems were less in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

"Overall, yes, we are much happier with the things, but I can not be very happy with the result even this weekend".

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