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.”

2023 MotoGP schedule announced, highlighted by trips to India and Kazakhstan

2023 MotoGP schedule
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A new opening venue and the addition of two Grands Prix in India and Kazakhstan will highlight the 2023 MotoGP schedule.

The 2023 MotoGP season will kick off March 24th with the opening round in Portugal instead of the typical trip to Qatar. Work on the Losail International Circuit pushed their date back to the penultimate weekend after the series finishes a series of races around the Pacific Rim.

Following Portugal, MotoGP heads to Argentina and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for their only visit to the United States before heading back to Europe for most of the next 10 rounds.

Interrupting the long European stint will be the series’ first visit to the Sokol International Circuit in Kazakhstan on July 7, 2023. The traditional summer break will be three weeks and then MotoGP heads to England for the British GP in August.

After three more European rounds at Austria, Catalunya and San Marino, the second new date on the calendar will come on the 16-turn, Buddh International Circuit for a September 24 race date. Both the India and Kazakhstan races are subject to homologation and approval by the circuit.

The next six races will be held in Asia and Oceania before Qatar and Valencia close out the schedule.

“We’re very proud to announce that Buddh International Circuit will be on the 2023 calendar,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, which manages the series. “We have a lot of fans in India and we’re excited to be able to bring the sport to them.

“India is also a key market for the motorcycle industry and therefore, by extension, for MotoGP as the pinnacle of the two-wheeled world. We very much look forward to racing at Buddh International Circuit and can’t wait to welcome the fans through the gates to see this incredible sport in person.”

One of two new races announced for 2022, in Finland, did not materialize this season and has not been added to the 2023 MotoGP schedule. In addition, the Aragon GP has been removed to keep the rounds at 21.

2023 Provisional Schedule

Portugal GP, Algarve, March 26
Argentina GP, Termas de Río Hondo, April 2
American GP, Circuit of the Americas, April 16
Spanish GP, Jerez, April 30
French GP, Le Mans, May 14
Italian GP, Mugello, June 11
German GP, Sachsenring, June 18
Dutch GP, Assen, June 25
Kazakhstan GP, Sokol, July 9 *
British GP, Silverstone, August 6
Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring, August 20
Catalan GP, Catalunya, September 3
San Marino GP, Misano, September 10
Indian GP, Buddh, September 24 *
Japanese GP, Motegi, October 1
Indonesia GP, Mandalika Street Circuit, October 15
Australian GP, Philip Island, October 22
Thailand GP, Chang International Circuit, October 29
Malaysian GP, Sepang, November 12
Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, November 19
Valencia GP, Ricardo Tormo, November 26

* subject to approval