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Kimi Raikkonen: Ferrari only needs small changes to win 2018 title

Kimi Raikkonen: Ferrari only needs small changes to win 2018 titleā€

While Marchionne appeared to be referencing the Singapore Grand Prix, where pole-sitter Vettel had drifted to the left off the line and into a race-ending collision with Max Verstappen and teammate Kimi Raikkonen - allowing Hamilton to win - another error stands out in the German's mind: the moment he drove alongside his title rival during a Safety Car period at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and angrily drove into the side of the No.44 car. We started this year pretty badly, we were not where we should have been, personally, on my side, I was not very happy with the set-up and it took quite a long time to figure it out. But the collision in Singapore swung the championship momentum towards Mercedes and was followed by back-to-back engine issues for Vettel in Malaysia and Japan, allowing the German manufacturer to clinch the constructors' championship in the USA and Hamilton to wrap up the drivers' in Mexico.

"Overall, I think we can all agree that we didn't have the season, up to this point, that we could've had or should've had for various reasons". "We made a good step, obviously not enough as we want because as Ferrari we want to win both championships". Raikkonen said Ferrari had the potential to push them more closely.

Despite these issues, Raikkonen has suggested that the team has had a positive 2017 season.

"We did have all the tools required this year, but we just need to tidy up a few issues and not make as many mistakes on both sides - not having issues as a driver or on the team's side".

"Small things played a big part in who won the championship this year, but I think we have all the people, the tools and a great vehicle with two races to go".

"But I think we have all the people, we have the tools, we have a great auto with still two races to go", he added.

Ferrari failed to win a race in 2016 but have had the fastest vehicle at some weekends this season with Vettel leading the championship until the Italian Grand Prix in September.

Raikkonen lies fifth in the drivers' championship with two races to go.

"Obviously I want to be fighting at the front every weekend and to be able to fight for the championship next year", Raikkonen said.

"It is how it is this year".

"Yes, it's true we are suffering", said the 36-year-old. We start from zero next year but it depends on so many things over the winter.



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