Raikkonen: "Small details" key to drawing level with Vettel

Kimi Raikkonen believes small changes made to his Ferrari this season have made all the difference in allowing him to get on terms with Sebastian Vettel.

Raikkonen: "Small details" key to drawing level with Vettel
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H; Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H

The Finn struggled to match Vettel last season but has run the German much closer both in qualifying and on race day, having scored just seven fewer points over the campaign so far.

Asked to explained why there had been an upturn in his form this year, Raikkonen said that a number of minor tweaks to Ferrari's challenger had come together to help him.

“It is a lot of small things,” he said. “Obviously the car has to be good for making a good lap time and obviously there is a great group of people that I work with.

“There are so many small things, but if a small thing is not correct then it will affect lap time – if it is just one lap or a race distance.

“We learned a lot from difficult things in the past few years and obviously put things more where they should be.

“Driving has been pretty okay, but I still feel we can improve more in all details. And it is all about details to be more comfortable and know exactly what the car will do. Then it allows you to push it more.

“But there is not the one thing. The thing that can suddenly turn it around or make it for yourself better, it is a lot of small details.”

Ferrari heads to the Singapore Grand Prix locked in a tight battle with Red Bull for second place in the constructors' championship, but aware it won at the street circuit last year.

However, Raikkonen knows that nothing can be taken for granted about the Maranello outfit having a similar shot at victory this time around.

“I think the last two weeks have been going in the right direction, but it is very difficult to say how it will be there.

“It is a completely different circuit layout. The conditions are different – because even Monza and Spa between the teams there has been quite a lot of difference.

“So I would be guessing about where it is going to go. But hopefully we are being at least where we are now, if not better.

“But I will not guess anything. We will know when we get there. Last year was good, but you cannot promise that it will suddenly be the same story.”

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Author Jonathan Noble
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