Kimi Raikkonen doesn’t expect Ferrari will be more competitive at Sochi because of the switch to softer rubber for this year’s race.
For this year’s race Pirelli has brought the super-soft tyre compound instead of the medium used 12 months ago, in addition to the soft tyre. Raikkonen’s team mate Sebastian Vettel won the most recent race where the two softest tyres were used, in Singapore.
However Raikkonen isn’t necessarily expecting a repeat. “This year we have soft and super-soft compounds, but this does not mean there are many similarities to Singapore,” he said.
“In fact, many things are different. The asphalt here is no longer new and tires are different as I said, so we’ll have to wait and see. Using a soft rubber does not necessarily give us bigger chances, but we’ll try our best.”
“There are so many little details which can make big differences to the global picture,” he added.
“Overtaking here is not easy and that may put a premium on qualifying but in general, at least for us, when you come to a set-up that makes the car quick on a single lap, it will also be quick on race trim.”