Chinese GP - Race
20th April 2014
Kimi in the second F14 T made up three places off the grid, to finish eighth in today's Chinese Grand Prix.
Kimi is still not feeling totally comfortable at the wheel of the F14 - and allthough he Finn got away well making up a place to sit in the points positions right from the opening lap - in the end, he could do no better than eighth.
Kimi Raikkonen: “This has been a really difficult weekend. Right from Friday morning, I suffered with problems that we didn’t manage to solve completely and today in the race, I couldn’t get the result I wanted. The start was good, I made up two places but then I couldn’t make up any more ground, as I just didn’t have the pace, nor much grip at the front or the back. In the final stint on new tyres, the car handled better, but then, as the tyres degraded the situation got complicated again. I think the difficulties I encountered here stem from a combination of various factors, from my driving style combined with the low temperatures and the characteristics of the track. Today, we brought home valuable points thanks to the intense efforts of the whole team and now we will continue to work ceaselessly to improve. Fernando’s result is very encouraging and proves we are moving in the right direction.”