Kimi Raikkonen indicated Ferrari have more performance in hand after heading the final day of pre-season testing.
Team mate Sebastian Vettel set the fastest overall time of testing on Thursday with a lap of 1’17.182, which Raikkonen got within four-hundredths of a second of on his last day in the car.
But Raikkonen said it doesn’t represent the ultimate performance of the SF71-H. Asked if he expects to be in contention for pole position in Melbourne he said: “We’ll see in two weeks.”
“I’m sure if we want to go faster we can go but it doesn’t mean anything here. In two weeks everybody knows where everybody is. Until that we are only guessing like we were before the testing started.”
Raikkonen was pleased to achieve some meaningful running in the car following the disruption to the first test due to weather.
“Obviously we didn’t have a very good test because of the weather last week,” he said. “But I think we had a pretty decent last day.”
“The feeling was OK. But is that good enough, we’ll see in a few weeks. So far the car is reliable, the feeling is fine. There’s always things to improve, that’s going to be the case every year we are using the car, it’s nothing new.”
“Obviously testing is not that big a part as it used to be,” he added. “But racing is why we are here.”
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