Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen believes that the Italian team have done their homework over the winter ahead of the start of the 2018 Formula One season this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.
Speaking ahead of the action in Australia, the Iceman said:
We are pretty happy with how winter testing went; we have clearly done our homework, even if obviously there are always things that you can improve. Our aim is always the same, to win races. We’ll try our best and hopefully we’ll achieve that. Overtaking is quite difficult at this track, but the DRS zones are different this year and hopefully it will help. This year’s cars are fitted with the Halo system: I don’t think that it makes any difference when driving as you get used to it very quickly. From this weekend and in the next few races we’ll start to understand where we are. We need to build up a solid weekend, score good points and then go from there. It’s going to be a long season and we need to be up there all the time to be able to challenge for the championships.
Sebastien Vettel is also excited about the start of the new season with the four time world champion who celebrates his 200th Grand Prix this weekend commented by saying:
I’m excited to kick off the season, get into the car and race”, says Seb. “We have every reason to be confident as our car is great, we have a great team and we came here well prepared, even if, ideally, you would want to be able to test more during the winter – and there are many things to come. Of course, around this point you don’t know what the others have done so far. Australia has treated us well generally: we won here last year, nearly won the year before and got on the podium in 2015. The key to the championship will be to have a strong car at the beginning and at the end of the season and to try and be competitive at all races. Now obviously, the best satisfaction is to win with Ferrari, the greatest team with the greatest history in the paddock. To win with Ferrari, beating the best, is my target