Kimi Raikkonen is happy with his speed in 2017, but not with his results.
Raikkonen has four podium finishes and scored 116 points this year and stands number five in the drivers’ ratings as of summer break. The Finnish driver got his first pole position after 2008 this year in Monaco Grand Prix but is yet to win a single race this season.
When asked how he felt about his performance this season, he said, “Personally, I’m not happy with the results,” “I want to win races, I want to be up there all the time and that hasn’t been the case this year too often.
“I know when things are correct and there are quite a few things that happened and you pay the price for it.
“Driving-wise, I have the speed, so I’m not worried about that. It’s about putting things in the correct places.”
The Italian team is thinking of retaining its current driver line up for the next season. While Raikkonen has been modest about his future, he has given a commitment to his team on what he will try to carry out the next season.
“I’m not very happy where we have been finishing, considering all the races so far, but this is what we’ve got so far – we cannot change it,” he said.
“Is that enough whatever happens in the future? I don’t know. We’ll see at some point. The team knows what I want. In the end, it’s up to them to choose whatever is best for them.”
Raikkonen had his last victory in 2013 season-opening Australian Grand Prix, insists that he will compete in F1 only at the top.
“My only aim is to do well, that’s the only reason I’m here, not anything else, ” he said. “It’s not because I want to be just part of it – that’s the complete other end of the story.
“It’s not always fun when it’s not going well, but that’s how it is.
“It depends on many things. Speed-wise, we have it, but it’s not enough if you have the speed if the rest doesn’t go as you had hoped.”