Kimi Raikkonen has not had the best start of the 2017 Formula One season, as he failed to score a podium finish during the three races of the championship, while his team-mate Sebastian Vettel managed two wins so far, in Australia and Bahrain, but the Finn is not worried and says that this situation has not given him extra motivation.
While Sebastian Vettel battled the two Mercedes and raced to victory in Melbourne and again in Sakhir on Sunday, Kimi Raikkonen has struggled to get the most out of his SF70H and got stuck behind Red Bull and Williams, which made things very difficult in the attempt to finish on the podium. Ahead of the 2017 Russian Grand Prix, the Finnish driver is pleased with Scuderia Ferrari’s beginning of the season and hopes to improve in order to join his team-mate on the podium: “No, I don’t know why it would make me hungrier.” – Kimi replied when asked if Seb’s success was extra motivation – “I am happy for the team, happy for him but obviously you want to do better whatever position we are, that is always the aim for us as a team. The car generally feels good and we just have to improve on the small things and get everything right when it matters, but I am sure we will get there. In Russia we hope to go for a double podium and have a more positive weekend as a whole. I struggled to get decent laps together last year, but this time we will try to make the tyres work as we want and I am sure we have a much better chance of getting a good result.” – the Scuderia Ferrari driver concluded.
Kimi Raikkonen started the 2016 Russian Grand Prix third after Sebastian Vettel received a five place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change and mentained his position at the end of the race.