Kimi Raikkonen has downplayed suggestions that he isn't as motivated as he should be, saying that it has "f**k all" to do with it.
The Finn finished in eighth place in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, more than a minute behind team-mate Fernando Alonso in third, and admitted that it was a tough weekend for him.
Raikkonen, though, dismissed suggestions that he wasn't motivated during what was clearly a difficult race for him.
"I don't know why you always come up with motivation," he told crash.net.
"If I were not motivated I wouldn't be here answering this kind of question. It's f**k all to do with that, we have bad races and that's an unfortunate thing but that's how it goes sometimes. Our aim is to improve and get where we want to be."
Despite his poor run of form so far this year, Raikkonen believes the team has been making consistent progress.
"We improved things, we improved things at every race. If we would take from Australia to here we have made a lot of improvements. Obviously sometimes it's hard to see it outside but we know it ourselves and it seems to work. I was pretty happy with the car at the last race; obviously the race didn't go as I planned," he continued in his interview with crash.net.
"Here overall, to start with I had some issue so I couldn't run, so that didn't help and then it's just been a difficult weekend. So at least I got a few points, not what we want but for the team it was overall a better weekend and for sure it gives them some good feelings because we've been working hard to improve things. We know that we've improved, not as much as we wanted but obviously that podium for him is a good thing for us."