Kimi Raikkonen denied he is unhappy with the handling of his Ferrari despite his dramas in the last two races.
Raikkonen spun while accelerating out of a slow hairpin during the Canadian Grand Prix, a mistake which cost him a podium finish. Then in Austria the car got away from him again on the first lap, leading to a crash which ended his race and Fernando Alonso’s.
Asked about the problems during a press conference today Raikkonen said “I don’t see why I wouldn’t suddenly like it because I had a accident”.
“It doesn’t change anything,” he continued. “I have accidents sometimes, like I said it’s part of the game.”
Raikkonen said some have been quick to forget the gains Ferrari has made since last year.
“We improve the car, it’s still a great car,” he said. “Obviously not probably fast enough to challenge the Mercedes all the time but it’s a very good car, a massive improvement from last year.”
“Things go wrong sometimes but it doesn’t mean you suddenly hate the car or you don’t like the things. It’s part of the game. Like I said it’s a good package, we want to improve and make it faster. Things could always be better, even when you have a winning car you’re always wanting more out of it.
“But like I said we’ve come such a long way from last year that people forget all this and we’re still work in progress to improve things.”
Raikkonen’s contract with Ferrari expires at the end of this year but he offered no indication whether he expects to be retained.
“They make the decision,” said Raikkonen. “I try to do good races, the last race was a bit difficult but that’s a part of the game, sometimes you have that.”
“I don’t know anything more than you guys so I know hopefully some point what will happen. It’s always speculations this time of the year, always the same stories, it doesn’t really surprise me. We’ll see what happens.”