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Kimi: Light at the end of the tunnel

Wednesday 30th July 2014

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Kimi: Light at the end of the tunnel

Kimi: Light at the end of the tunnel

The first half of the 2014 season hasn't gone the way Kimi Raikkonen had hoped it would, but the Finn believes he has turned the corner.

Despite the struggles of the F14T, his Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso has notched up 115 points - including two podiums - while Raikkonen has managed just 27.

However, his best finish of the season came in Hungary where he produced a brilliant drive from 16th on the grid to finish sixth.

Although he is not getting carried away by the performance, the 2007 World Champion feels they have moved forward.

"It's been a hard first part of the year," Raikkonen said. "When you can push and fight against people rather than just defend and fall backwards, it shows that we are doing something right and getting at least some light at the end of the tunnel. It's a good thing but the big picture hasn't changed from one result.

"We still have issues where we have to improve - mechanical grip, downforce, power. Here and Monaco seem to be a bit better for us but there is still a long way until we can say we are happy. The result is a bit better for me, and the team got a few more points, but the team hasn't suddenly made a massive change."

Ferrari have been unable to match Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams for most part of the season, but Raikkonen believes that Alonso's results show they have a decent platform to work from.

"It's not a disaster, that's for sure, otherwise there would not be the results the team has achieved so far," he said. "We know the areas where we have to work and it's a bit everywhere. We are not really bad anywhere but we are not fantastic anywhere.

"It's a reliable car, some places work better and some conditions work better but we have a lot of places that we know if we improve we can improve the whole thing. Things are not easy to change or improve in Formula One. You can pinpoint the issue you have but it's very tricky to suddenly come up with a fix otherwise it would be easy and nobody would have any issues."

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