Samples 2016 British Grand Prix Edition - Page 128

NOT QUICK ENOUGH K imi Raikkonen toiled his way to a distant fifth place in the British Grand Prix, claiming that the lack of downforce on the Ferrari is hampering the team while A disappointed Sebastian Vettel lack of pace after finishing even further down in ninth. Speaking to media after the race in which the Maranello outfit were ill at ease, Raikkonen said, “Obviously the whole weekend has been difficult and I think this was as good as we could get. We seem to be missing downforce and in a place like this, with these conditions, it’s not easy because of that. “We need downforce here to be fast, especially with mixed conditions, the wind and everything. You take a big penalty for that but that’s how it was here.” After the high speed nature of Silverstone, Raikkonen believes that forthcoming tracks will suit Ferrari better, “The next circuits are much more normal for us.” “Downforce will help in any place, it doesn’t mater where we go, so that’s definitively what we need to be able to challenge in every kind of circuit and beat the Mercedes,” added the Finn whose teammate Sebastian Vettel incurred a penalty on his way to ninth place. Meanwhile, after starting 11th on the grid in wet conditions, Vettel was the first man to switch to ‘slick’ tyres, but spun and struggled to make an impression as Lewis Hamilton scorched to his third successive home win. “Overall it was not our day,” said the four-time champion. “Just not quick enough – simple as that ” Vettel’s lacklustre showing saw him fall from third to fifth in the drivers’ championship. “I think the call to come in was right,” said Vettel. “But then obviously I lost a lot of time when I spun. So, all the advantage was lost again and from then it was quite difficult to pass and move ahead.”