Kimi Raikkonen pleased with Ferrari progress, finishes P4 at Monza

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Kimi Raikkonen believes that fourth place was the most he could have achieved in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, but is happy with the progress that Ferrari made at Monza.

Ferrari entered its home weekend looking to cut the gap to Red Bull in the constructors’ championship after falling to third place in Germany at the end of July.

Armed with a power unit update, Raikkonen and teammate Sebastian Vettel locked out the second row of the grid before making a good start to pass Lewis Hamilton early on.

Vettel managed to finish third, giving the tens of thousands of Ferrari fans at Monza some joy, while Raikkonen followed home in P4.

“We tried to take it as much as we could but this was the maximum, the fastest we could do from start to finish. Not much else to say really,” Raikkonen told NBCSN after the race.

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne said over the Monza weekend that the Italian marque had “failed” to meets its targets in 2016, having gone without a win since last year’s Singapore Grand Prix.

However, Raikkonen is confident that the team is moving in the right direction.

“I think we’ve been going in the right direction the last few weekends,” the Finn said.

“We’ll keep pushing and improving, but we have to improve in all areas.

“We have a lot of positives, let’s keep it moving.”

With P3 and P4, Ferrari cut the gap to Red Bull in the constructors’ standings down to 11 points ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.