Raikkonen sure he still has the speed to be competitive in F1

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Kimi Raikkonen is confident that he still has the speed to be competitive in Formula 1 as he prepares to enter his 14th season in the series.

Raikkonen rejoined Ferrari back in 2014, but has failed to reach the championship-winning heights of his first stint with the team since returning to Maranello.

After a difficult 2014 campaign, Raikkonen enjoyed a better 2015 as he finished fourth in the drivers’ championship, but failed to match teammate Sebastian Vettel for pace throughout the year.

Speaking to reporters in Barcelona earlier this week after testing the new 2016 Ferrari SF16-H car, Raikkonen is sure that he still has the speed to be competitive in F1, but is keen to learn from his on-track mistakes last year.

“We always try to do our best and sometimes we do mistakes,” Raikkonen said.

“Last year I worked with my engineers and I think we know each other more and we know what we can improve.

“There were too many mistakes from myself from my side and other issues but we always try to learn, we just have to cut those down and make a better job out of it.

“I’m sure the speed is there, it’s just to finish the races in the correct places.”

Raikkonen lost half a day of running on Wednesday in Barcelona due to a fuel system issue, but the Finn was impressed by the initial feeling of the new car.

“The first feeling is quite nice,” Raikkonen said. “Not the best day overall but I’m sure it will be good, we just need more time in the car and obviously we are working on different things and trying better things.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a better car — it’s already a better car than the end of last year so we are doing the right things.”