Kimi Raikkonen insists Ferrari is yet to show its outright pace despite the team topping the times during pre-season testing in Barcelona.
Sebastian Vettel finished pre-season with the fastest overall lap as he posted a 1m17.182s on Thursday, with Raikkonen then recording a time just 0.039s slower on the final day. Although both drivers used the hypersoft tire – Pirelli’s newest and softest compound – for their respective laps, Raikkonen says there is more performance available in the SF71H.
“There’s always things to improve,” Raikkonen said. “If we want to go faster, for sure we can. No one knows who’s fastest until we go to the first two races but it was a positive day – we got a good amount of laps and trying the car to do things and getting more comfortable.
“I think overall it’s a strong package. Obviously there’s always things to improve but that’s normal with any car; even if you win races there’s always things to improve. It’s very reliable and we will see from circuit to circuit. It changes here, new surface, it’s a bit hard to know to compare.
“I lost a bit of time last week and this week with the issues, but we cannot change the weather and sometimes you get ill, so I think we had a positive last day.”
While Mercedes – which didn’t select hypersoft tires for pre-season – has shown strong high fuel pace throughout testing, Raikkonen says he is not concerned with his own lap times after doing a race simulation on Friday.
“I guess you always wish for a bit more here and there, laps and trying things. It doesn’t matter how many laps you do, you are always kinda wondering – there’s endless possibilities to try things, but it doesn’t mean it’s a good thing to try a million things.
“For sure it was far from perfect with the weather last week. I was ill [this week] but I think in the end we had a decent day, a pretty OK feeling. It’s not too bad; we are fine with it. We will see obviously in the next two weeks where we are in the end.
“It was the first time I ran the car in [race] conditions. Obviously you learn a lot and I didn’t really look at the speed.”