Raikkonen expects stronger Ferrari in Singapore
Kimi Raikkonen expects Ferrari to put its performance woes from Monza behind it in Singapore but admits the team still has plenty of work to secure a competitive weekend.
Raikkonen took his best result of the season in Spa when he finished fourth, but Ferrari's lack of straight-line speed was brutally exposed at Monza as the team collected just two points on home soil. The disappointing weekend in front of the tifosi capped what has been a frustrating 2014 for Ferrari but Raikkonen is hoping to bounce back on the streets of Singapore.
"Obviously we will try to do as well as we can and try and score a good result for myself and the team," Raikkonen said. "I expect it to be difficult. That said the team didn't expect to have so many difficulties overall so we expect to be stronger overall.
"But [problems] are part of the game and we have to try to sort things out and I think we have made pretty good improvements compared to where we started as a team. I'm getting more happy with things, but we're still not where we want to be and there's a lot of work to do."
Raikkonen, who has never won in Singapore, thinks the V6 turbo cars will make this year's race less physically challenging than previous years.
"Everybody has their own feeling on that," Raikkonen said when asked about whether he struggles in the closing laps due to the heat and humidity in Singapore. "In the past it's not been a problem, it doesn't feel as hot or humid as in previous years. Plus the cars are slower than in previous years so I don't think it should be a big problem."