The Formula One drivers head to North America for the first time this season, as one team is hoping they can turn the corner sooner rather than later.
Both Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and his teammate Sebastian Vettel think they can be competitive as soon as this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, as both know the results will soon follow.
“The upgrades we brought here are like any other that we bring to a race, they are a step forward,” Kimi Raikkonen said in today’s media availability ahead of this weekend’s race in Canada. “We always try to improve in all areas and bring new parts for the car, we would never use something that we think is not better than the previous one. Every race is important for us and every race we want to do our best, but we haven’t been able to show our true potential so far this year.”
Raikkonen has been the best driver for the team this year as he currently sits fourth in the drivers standings after six races. But, the Finnish driver isn’t happy with where they stand though, as he has three podiums including a runner up in Spain and a fifth place finish in those six 2016 starts.
But, he also has two DNFs which is something he hopes they can keep from happening again.
“As a team we keep working as one group, as Ferrari we want to be on top and it hurts when we cannot achieve that,” Raikkonen continued. Our target is to always be up there with the two cars, to fight for wins. We keep doing our best and I’m sure this will bring us results.”
His teammate Sebastian Vettel agrees saying he too hopes the new updates help them with a step in the right direction.
We have some new parts, hope they will help us make a step forward,” the four-time world champion said on Friday. “I know that currently we’re not in the position we want to be in, but you never know, we will try at our best, fighting very hard, giving everything to win. I believe we can turn it around, I believe in the team.”
Vettel has four top four finishes this year including three podiums and a second place effort in China, but the podiums are DNFs aren’t where he expects them to be.
Vettel, Raikkonen and Ferrari are all accustomed to battling it out for wins. They hope these upgrades help them accomplish those goals by the end of the year.
In fact, they hope it starts this weekend.