‘Simple, we need to make the car faster’

Date published: July 22 2020

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Without a single point in this year’s championship, Kimi Raikkonen says the solution is “simple”, Alfa Romeo needs to make the car “faster”.

Staying with Alfa Romeo for a second season, Raikkonen has found himself on the back foot this year as the Ferrari-powered C38 has  come up short in the midfield race.

The Finn has yet to make it out of Q1 on a Saturday afternoon and was slowest of all during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Starting down the order it has been difficult for the Finn to work his way into the points with his best showing his P11 at the Styrian Grand Prix.

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This was not what Raikkonen expected in the build-up to this season.

“It has been a disaster but we just have to do things better,” the Finn told the official F1 website, “and we have to make the car faster – as simple as that.”

Starting last at the Hungaroring on Sunday afternoon, Raikkonen worked his way up to 15th place, his efforts not helped by a five-second penalty.

The Finn was handed the time penalty for lining up on the grid out of position.

“It wasn’t a very busy race for me,” he added.

“Unfortunately, starting where we did meant we had a very difficult job ahead of us: we did what we could but it wasn’t enough for points.

“Our pace wasn’t too bad, I made up a few places at the start but the penalty put me back at the bottom.”

As for the penalty, he explained that when he stopped his car on the grid he slid a bit in the damp conditions, putting his C38 a bit too far out of the box.

“The grid was a bit slippery,” he said, “I went a bit too long into the box and I didn’t have the time to reverse; we could have been a few more places up so it’s a bit of a shame.

“We have a lot of work to do to improve our qualifying, but we can be positive about our performance on Sundays.”

This year could be Raikkonen’s last on the Formula 1 with the 40-year-old revealing he may yet decide to hang up his helmet.

“I have said already that I will do this season and then I will decide,” Raikkonen told Infobae.

“If I continue to enjoy racing this year, I will continue. If not, I will retire.”

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