Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci has warned against overreacting following another poor display from Kimi Raikkonen in Austin.
Not for the first time this season, Raikkonen was completely overshadowed by his team-mate Fernando Alonso with the Spaniard finishing the United States GP sixth while the Finn was down in 13th and lapped by the front-runners.
His failure to score points means he is now 102 points behind Alonso in the standings with two races still to go, but Mattiacci insists there is no added pressure on the 2007 World Champion.
Asked by Autosport if the pressure is growing on Raikkonen to justify his place, Mattiacci replied: “Positive pressure. It’s important for pressure to always be positive pressure.
“At the moment we need to avoid overreacting.
“We know there is an issue with him and the feeling of the car – too much understeering at the front of the car, and we know this has been an ongoing issue during the season.
“But we are a team, it’s our driver, so we need to work on this.”