Kimi Raikkonen is confident that Ferrari can improve during the second half of the season after a poor run of form in 2014.
The Finn joined the Italian marque at the beginning of the year, and was expected to create a dominant partnership with Fernando Alonso. However, the F14 T car has not lived up to expectations, with the Finn’s run to sixth place on Sunday in Hungary being his best result of the season so far.
This came after Raikkonen was eliminated in the first part of qualifying following a strategic mistake by the team, and he has said that there is great room for improvement at Ferrari.
“I hope that the second part of the season can be much better than the first one, but obviously one little bit better day doesn’t change an awful lot,” he said after the race.
“It doesn’t take away the mistakes and the things we have to really improve, make it work as a team much better. That doesn’t change from this moment to this afternoon. There are an awful lot of things left to be done to make sure we can be where we should be.”
Raikkonen’s motivation has been questioned this year after he said that he would probably retire at the end of next season. However, he reinforced his belief in Ferrari after the race, with the team enjoying its own best weekend of the season at the Hungaroring.
“I believe in the team, that we can put ourselves where we should be,” Raikkonen said. “There are some signs, today we had good speed but obviously starting where we started, it was hard to make any better place.
“I don’t think there is going to be a big difference in three or four weeks, but for sure next year. So we try to work more improving things and improve in the second half, make sure things are how we want and should be.”
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).
However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.
However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.
Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.
In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth.
On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).
Check out the above video.
Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.
Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).