Kimi Raikkonen was unhappy with his Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, describing it as “boring” and dominated by a need to save fuel.
“Today my car felt pretty good most of the time but to be honest my race was boring,” he said. “I was fuel saving for most of the time.”
“In my view this has nothing to do with racing, but rules are rules. There’s nothing you can do, you keep lifting halfway through the straights, 200 meters before the braking point and the guy behind has to do the same.”
“It’s painful not able to push your car when you have the potential to do it. It looks close, but it’s not a fight.”
Raikkonen finished the race with Max Verstappen’s Red Bull less than a second away. “I held Verstappen behind me and at the same time I was saving enough fuel to be legal,” he said.
“In some race tracks you have to do it more than in others and it’s not very exciting.”
The result lifted Raikkonen to fourth place in the drivers’ championship ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who retired, but the Ferrari driver believed more was possible in 2017.
“Overall this year we would have liked to do a lot better, as we had a pretty strong package,” he said. “We just need to fix and minimise all the issues.”
“Next year, it will be a different story with a different car, and we’ll start from zero. We want to improve in all areas and go faster.”