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Kimi Raikkonen sure he could have been ‘much faster’ in Australia

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Kimi Raikkonen has brushed off his quiet run to fourth in the Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago, saying he could have been “much faster” in the Formula 1 season-opener.

Raikkonen arrived in Australia expected to challenge for victory following an impressive display for Ferrari in pre-season testing, setting the fastest time of the winter in Barcelona.

While Ferrari delivered on its testing pace as Sebastian Vettel scored its first win in 18 months, Raikkonen ailed to a lonely fourth place, finishing over 20 seconds behind his teammate in the same car.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, Raikkonen said he struggled to get to grips with the SF70H car over the weekend, and knows there is room for improvement.

“I think we learned a lot, we understand quite a bit and kind of everything came a bit late. And obviously then you don’t get a very good result,” Raikkonen said.

“Comparing to the last few years it was far from a distance. Yes, we had some difficulties, and we know afterwards that we could have been much faster.

“But still, as a team, we did a pretty solid job. We got some points, but [now a] new place, new circuit, so we’ll see.”

After hearing Vettel tip Mercedes to be the team to beat in China, Raikkonen said that he was unsure how Ferrari would compare, but has great confidence in the team’s car.

“I don’t know who it will be,” Raikkonen said when asked who the favorite for the race win would be. “We haven’t driven a single lap with the new cars here, so who knows.

“I think we have had a pretty good package and feeling in the car whichever place we’ve been, but it’s pointless to start guessing who’s going to be in front and who’s not.

“We will see over the weekend, and on Sunday, we’ll hopefully be a little bit smarter.”

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said¬†president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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