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Drive better! Don't make those mistakes. There's no secret.feedback
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May 13 2017
This page is completely dedicated to what Kimi Raikkonen has to say. All of Kimi Raikkonen’s quotes are organized here by date and topic. The most recent quote attributed to Kimi Raikkonen came from an article called Kimi Raikkonen on Q3 disappointment: I just need to drive better: “Obviously when you make those mistakes and the conditions are calmer you get away with a lot more. But when you have these conditions and you get it a bit wrong it's hard to get it back. I'm disappointed I didn't get a better result I'm happy with how we've been running. We still suffered a but from that but, apart from that, things have been running smoothly, the car feels good, so it's up to me to make it better.”.
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It's always specific for each circuit, so you cannot really compare with other circuits, because what you need to be quick might be completely different. But overall it's been easier and more normal to drive here.feedback

It's a normal story every year and in every race you don't do as well as you hoped for it's never going to be fun or easy. You can look either way: I'm 'lucky' that I've not been in a position where you win all the time, so I'm sort of used to things being like this; on the other way around, you'd rather be in that position as it would be always fun.feedback

As for my future, I don't know. There's always a lot of talking for the last few years, that I'm not going to carry on driving, but the first thing is that I want to do well and then we'll see what happens after this year. It's definitively the first thing in my mind, as the first thing in my mind is to do well here and in the next race. Whatever that brings, let's see in the future. I have a good relationship with the team, I know them well and it will depend on many things.feedback

I spoke to our president and he's always been fine with me. I know some things have been said and written, but for me I can find so many nonsense stories that I trust much more how my personal relationship is, with him or with the team. For me it's all fine, I expect from myself good results and when I don't get them I'm not happy with myself, so if other people are not happy too, that's fine, because I'm not happy either. It's not really a big deal for me.feedback

But it's very normal stuff -- I want to do better and the fact is that if you don't get the results you want then it's never going to be fun. It's always more fun when you have a good result, but we go to the next race and try to do better.feedback

To be honest it has taken way too long [to get up to speed]. It wasn't possible to get it right straight away and we still haven't, for a lot of reasons. It didn't help that in China we didn't drive in the first day of practice, because when you're going through some issues you want to get track time.feedback

I'm pretty happy with the car now and in qualifying, on one lap pace, it was just small things. I feel that we are doing the right things and in the race [in Bahrain], I felt the car was really good but I made a mess of the first lap, so I put myself in a difficult position. It's not the ideal way to start the race.feedback

To be honest it has taken way too long! It wasn't possible to get it right straight away and we still haven't, for a lot of reasons. It didn't help that in China we didn't drive in the first day of practice, because when you're going through some issues you want to get track time. I'm pretty happy with the car now and yesterday, on one lap pace, it was just small things.feedback

No, I don't know why it would make me hungrier. I'm happy for the team, happy for him, but we want to do better, no mater in what position we are and that's always the aim.feedback

Looking at the big picture we are pretty much where we want to be, we need to fine-tune a few things and also putting the lap together in qualifying. I don't think they are big things but, obviously, they have cost us a lot of time. First of all it's taking too long, in my view, but there's no point in complaining, this is my job. I think we are more or less there but have to do even better -- as always, we always try to improve -- and if you're running at the front the race becomes an awful lot easier.feedback

Tomorrow is another day, but I'm, obviously, in a far from ideal position for the start, but it's going to be quite a tricky race tomorrow, so hopefully we make the right decisions and make the best out of it.feedback

Do we really think the tyres are going to last until the end of the race? Because it doesn't feel like it... The front is f----- suffering quite a bit... So where are we gonna finish.....? I HAVE NO FRONT END and there's 20 laps to go! We are almost three seconds slower, it's ridiculous... you think it's good to stay out? It's only going to get more worse, come on!feedback

I don't need any f---ing drinks! It's enough concentration to keep the car on the track, you know, forget the [censored] drinks!feedback

It took a while, but the reasons behind it I don't know right now. We need to look but, like I said, it's easy to look back and say we should have done a better job out of it. Hopefully next time.feedback

Just small things but the effect could be quite big. It's a disappointing race, but I still scored points and hopefully in the next race we can put things as we want and then, for sure, it should be easier to fight at the front.feedback

I struggled a bit to get through Turn 3, which pretty much led to the only place we could pass them, I couldn't get the traction or couldn't get the car to turn around there. They were quite strong in the back straight, I was probably expecting to be able to get at them easier than it was, they had good speed there and I was also struggling on the exit of Turn 12 in the first part of the race, I couldn't go early on the power.feedback

I think we should have got much more than what we got but that's easy to say afterwards. We stopped too late for new tyres and after that it was pretty much race over. Yes, I caught up with the Red Bulls in the end but it was too late. I think the car was behaving pretty nicely on fresh tyres, but the fronts just went away after two laps. Obviously I had the feeling we should stop. I felt a long time before that we would need to stop at some point, so I'd rather do it earlier rather than later, to get out of the traffic I had in front of me. But that didn't happen and my feeling grew stronger.feedback

For sure we have some work to be done with set-up so we can be happier all the time, but the speed was not too bad. But it was not a great result.feedback

I think if we would have run yesterday things would have probably been better today, but it's taking a while and it's not ideal. We kind of know the issue and we need some clear Fridays and I'm sure at the next race we can be happier. Overall it's not too bad, it's just small things and small things make a big difference in lap time. I think in race conditions they affect less, because you don't push so much, but over one lap, when you try to get everything out, it's always going to show in the lap time.feedback

If we get things 100 per cent right I'm sure we'll be fine, but we know that if we have a bit of difficulties you lose time and a lot of positions. I'm happier and that's the main thing. Tomorrow we'll see how things are, but it's not been an easy weekend for anybody, with the limited running and the conditions. I'm not too worried, we're happier today than we were two weeks ago and we'll get there.feedback

Yes, obviously when there are more guys at the front if you make a mistake or you're not 100 per cent happy you can easily be fourth. Or you can be first, but there's always less of a chance that all of the guys will f--- up; there's always somebody who's going to get it right, so we need to improve and keep going like that.feedback

This is race-critical, you need to get past Verstappen. I don't know how you expect me to do that.feedback

It's one race out of many, we just need to put things where they should be and go from there. We have a strong package, it was a good race for the team, we won the first race, so we have a lot of good things and a foundation to build from. I think already yesterday we suffered a bit with understeer in the car and it was a similar story today on the first set of tyres. Once we put the soft tyres on, the car turned to be very good and I was very happy but, obviously, at that point we were pretty much in nowhere land.feedback

It's a bit disappointing where I finished but we know what we have to do. At least we finished, after quite a few years where we didn't finish this race, but it's obviously not the ideal start. This is not one hundred per cent what we wanted, but I take it. Even if it's disappointing I'm pretty happy we understood quite a lot of things over the weekend. It came a little bit late yesterday but that's how it goes sometimes.feedback

There was quite a bit of fuel saving too but I guess it was the same for everybody. Once I pushed the car was fast and I think already yesterday we understood what we are lacking. It was too late, we were a bit of a step behind after Friday and Saturday, and we ended up in this position.feedback

Yes, if you put the lap together, but apart from that we have, for sure, a pretty good package, we have work to be done but that's the same for everybody. This is a very special place, here, so let's wait and see when we get to the normal circuits. So far it's OK, obviously it was not an ideal day from my side, but we got from here.feedback

We could work on the car, improve it, and we'll continue to work to make it better for tomorrow. I have no idea what fuel levels everybody was running with today, but, as I said before, we know we have things that we have to improve, and that's what we'll be doing overnight.feedback

It's hard to have any expectations before the start of the season, every year when we come here it's for the first day of the season, with the new cars, but this is a special track too. For sure things could have been slightly better, but this is what Fridays are for and I don't have much to complain about.feedback

I think everything was more or less pretty positive. The car has been running well and the feeling since the first day has been pretty good for both drivers. I think the team has done a good job over the winter, preparing the car and making it reliable. If you compare to a year ago we are much much better in many ways. But where are we going to be in the first race? I have no idea. It's the same story every winter and we will see in a few weeks.feedback

I think this [reliable running] is more or less what you want to do every year and some years go smoothly and others not. This week so far has been good, but there is still another week to go and a lot of work to be done, but we cannot complain too much -- it's been a pretty okay start.feedback

You are optimistic every year, but then where it turns out to be at the end of the year is hard to say. But we have learned our lessons from the past years and the team has done a good job over the winter. Is it going to be good enough? We will see during the year, but so far it has been a good feeling and we can't complain too much.feedback

I doubt we are going to try to go full out [during testing], but we have to practice some qualifying stuff, but which day we are going to do it, I don't know. Pure lap time doesn't really count, it's just get there, get the job done and we will see in two or three weeks at the first race where we are going to finish.feedback

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