Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is hoping that he can have a trouble free weekend at the Russian Grand Prix following a tough start to his 2016 season.
The Iceman was forced to retire from the season opening Australian Grand Prix in March however bounced back with a superb drive to finish the Bahrain Grand Prix in second place behind race winner Nico Rosberg.
Raikkonen was left frustrated last time out after his team mate Sebastian Vettel collided with him sending the Finn to back of the field however he kept his cool and managed to claw his way back through the field to finish the race in fifth place three places behind Vettel.
Raikkonen has refused to get drawn into the war of words between Sebastian Vettel and the man who replaced the German at Red Bull, Daniil Kvyat with the Iceman saying:
It’s nothing to do with me.
Speaking about this weekend’s race in Sochi where last season he finished the event in eighth place Raikkonen stated:
In the first races we had some struggles, but at least we got some points out of it. Our aim is to always do better, having a normal weekend, hopefully with no issues. It is a hard season but we have to keep working and make progress. We know we have things to be done and improved but we have a good package which would allow us to go quite happy in the race weekend. There are small details that can make a big difference in an overall result and we have to get the maximum out of it. We have to improve the areas we know we are not very happy with, making things better and driving better. About what happened in China, it’s not ideal but it’s part of racing and it’s in the past already, and anyway we managed to make a pretty good recovery and it was not a disaster. This track is quite nice. In the past years it has been quite tricky to make the tires work, especially on a short run. Last year the weather was pretty poor. This weekend probably for the first time we are going to have nice weather all the time, hopefully we are going to have a normal practice and go from there, but making fast laps is never easy, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow and move from there.