Kimi Raikkonen feels collisions during his 2014 Formula 1 campaign have masked how well he has driven so far on his Ferrari return.
The Finn driver lies well adrift of third-placed team-mate Fernando Alonso in the drivers’ championship after six races, but he was on course to beat the Spaniard for the first time this year in the Monaco Grand Prix until a collision with Max Chilton’s Marussia spoiled his race. (Er, no Monaco wasn’t the first time, Kimi beat Alonso at Spain but the team screwed him over remember?)
Raikkonen was also compromised by contact in Malaysia and Bahrain earlier this year, and he reckons incidents like this have made his personal performances look worse than they actually have been.
“I have driven well many times, but there’s always been something going wrong in the races – like punctures from other people hitting me – and it’s just never come together really,” Raikkonen said.
“It’s a shame. Again we had a good position [in Monaco] but got a puncture so it’s just bad luck.
“Small things go wrong and make a massive difference in the end.”
The 2007 F1 world champion is still not fully comfortable with the handling of the F14 T, but he reckons more work and a bit more luck will turn his difficult season around.
“Once we get a good feeling with things I’m sure it’s going to be a lot better,” Raikkonen added.
“But until we get the results and things fixed we have to keep fighting and hopefully be a bit more lucky in the future.”