Jul 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT
Kimi Raikkonen is confident that Ferrari can improve during the second half of the season after a poor run of form in 2014.
The Finn joined the Italian marque at the beginning of the year, and was expected to create a dominant partnership with Fernando Alonso. However, the F14 T car has not lived up to expectations, with the Finn’s run to sixth place on Sunday in Hungary being his best result of the season so far.
This came after Raikkonen was eliminated in the first part of qualifying following a strategic mistake by the team, and he has said that there is great room for improvement at Ferrari.
“I hope that the second part of the season can be much better than the first one, but obviously one little bit better day doesn’t change an awful lot,” he said after the race.
“It doesn’t take away the mistakes and the things we have to really improve, make it work as a team much better. That doesn’t change from this moment to this afternoon. There are an awful lot of things left to be done to make sure we can be where we should be.”
Raikkonen’s motivation has been questioned this year after he said that he would probably retire at the end of next season. However, he reinforced his belief in Ferrari after the race, with the team enjoying its own best weekend of the season at the Hungaroring.
“I believe in the team, that we can put ourselves where we should be,” Raikkonen said. “There are some signs, today we had good speed but obviously starting where we started, it was hard to make any better place.
“I don’t think there is going to be a big difference in three or four weeks, but for sure next year. So we try to work more improving things and improve in the second half, make sure things are how we want and should be.”
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