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Raikkonen: We just need patience 11 Jun 2009

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2009.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 6 June 2009 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2009.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Race, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Sunday, 7 June 2009 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Preparations, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Thursday, 4 June 2009 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2009.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 6 June 2009

Kimi Raikkonen has insisted Ferrari still have the potential for strong results this season, despite a disappointing outing in last weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix. After strong progress in Barcelona and Monaco, the world champions came away from Istanbul with just three points.

Raikkonen admitted the team were bettered on race pace by more rivals than they'd have liked, but believes that with the F60’s slow-corner performance much improved, the team now just have to keep up the hard work to make the car truly competitive.

“We definitely expected more from the Turkish GP and it doesn’t make any sense to hide it,” the Finn - who finished ninth - told Ferrari’s official site. “We knew that the situation would be complicated compared to the previous race at Monaco, but after the good qualifying we didn’t think that the race would be so difficult.”

The start proved decisive in Raikkonen’s race. On the dirtier side of the track and with the short sprint into Turn One negating any potential KERS advantage, he lost one position when the lights went out and another in the first corner. His front wing was then damaged during a duel with Fernando Alonso, causing a loss of downforce.

“We changed the nose during the pit stop, but it was too late to improve. If that hadn’t happened maybe I would have gained a place in the points. We weren’t fast enough in the race, not only compared to the Brawn GPs and Red Bulls, but also compared to the Williams and Toyotas, also due to the high temperatures.”

Team mate Felipe Massa had a slightly better race, finishing sixth, but it was far from the result Ferrari fans had been expecting. The high-speed Silverstone circuit, venue for the upcoming British Grand Prix, will be another stern test for the F60, but Raikkonen insists Ferrari just need to hold their nerve.

“The team is continuing with its hard work improving the car and closing the gap to the leaders,” he added. “The situation is much better in slow corners, where we are really competitive, while we’re suffering in the fast ones. We don’t have any reason to give up, we just need patience. We have the potential to achieve a good result, I know it.”

Seven rounds into the 2009 championship and Ferrari lie fourth in the constructor standings on 20 points. Raikkonen is 10th in the drivers’ table with nine, while Massa is eighth, level on 11 points with Alonso.