On the back of a 2015 season which saw Scuderia Ferrari manage three wins during the Formula One Championship, the Italian team from Maranello was indeed expecting a much more positive 2016 and most importantly an evenly matched fight with Mercedes for the two titles. That was unfortunately not the case by far, but a new year brings new hope for Ferrari, who is confident that the work and development during the winter will produce a strong car for Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in the 2017 Formula One Championship.
The Finnish driver is also confident that next season the Scuderia Ferrari car will give him, as well as his teammate Sebastian Vettel, the possibility to fight for wins and podiums against Mercedes and Red Bull: “There will be many changes, the cars should be a lot faster and we hope to have a spectacular season ahead” – said Kimi, as reported by the Italian press – “We have learned a lot from last year and the team has been working hard, not only during winter, but also from when we were racing last season to be able to give us a strong package for 2017. There’s still a lot to be done, of course, but we are expecting a progress. Obviously we want to fight and win races, this is our main objective for next season, but as always everything will be decided on the track.” – concluded Kimi.
The season has not even started, but journalists have already focused their attention to Kimi Raikkonen’s contract and weather or not he intends to remain with Scuderia Ferrari for the 2018 season: “This is pointless to talk about right now, there are more important things to think about, like getting ready for the new season and making sure that we do everything right to be able to challenge for winning races. There will be plenty of time to think of the rest later on.” – the Finnish driver added.