As we rapidly approach the penultimate round of the 2016 Formula One season at the Interlagos circuit in Brazil, Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen looks forward, not only to the remaining two rounds of 2016, but also to next year as he claims that “issues have been understood”.
It hasn’t been the best of seasons for the Italian team as they remain winless after nineteen races contested so far this year, but Kimi is confident that they will fix the issues that have plagued their performances all season long…
“We have been trying to improve our performance all year, we need more grip and more power to go faster, it sounds very simple but unfortunately it’s not. So far we understood quite a lot of things and I have a lot of trust that we will fix these issues,” Kimi said.
The Interlagos circuit holds special memories for Kimi and he loves everything the venue has to offer, both on and off the circuit…
“Interlagos is a great and unique place. I have great memories here from 2007, it was my first year with Ferrari and I won the Championship at the end of a tricky season. Driving has always been good here, there’s a lot of history and heritage with great Brazilian drivers and people are very passionate about Formula1,” he said.
“It’s the kind of track that always produces better racing than others. Obviously the layout is a big key, because you can follow the people and the long straight creates opportunities to overtake. There are not many corners here and it’s very close between the teams because the lap time is a bit shorter. To have a good car you need the same stuff you need in any other race tracks, the car has to be strong everywhere.”
Finally, Kimi acknowledged that this weekend’s event will be a special one for Williams racer Felipe Massa, who he used to partner at Ferrari.
“This is also the last home race for Felipe, we have been teammates and we have always had a good relationship. As long as he’s happy, that’s the best thing to do and I wish him the best for his future.”