Ferrari say the gains Kimi Raikkonen has made with his car shows he can be right on the pace if they give him a chassis which is more to his liking.
Raikkonen has struggled with the F14 T this year and generally lagged behind team mate Fernando Alonso.
Ferrari engineering director Pat Fry said Raikkonen had made further progress with his car on Friday at Interlagos. “We’ve been trying various set-up options with Kimi and he seems happier,” he said.
“We’ve been obviously reviewing, it’s been a constant battle for us to try and work out, give him the front end that he wants in the car. We’re a little bit closer and that shows that if we can give him a car that gives him the right feedback he’s right there and right on the pace.”
Fry also dismissed recent rumours in the Italian media claiming Ferrari had suffered a setback with their 2015 design.
“We set ourselves some strong, challenging development targets on both the power unit side and both the chassis side,” he explained. “There’s obviously a huge gap we need to catch up. I think things are progressing reasonably well.”
“Have we reached our target? No, far from it, but I guess there’s four-and-a-half months to go, still, at least. But things are coming along an improving on both fronts, really, so I think there’s been good progress there.
“All the teams are working well together, only time will tell how much performance everyone else is going to put on. We’re doing the best we can, I think, with the resource we’re applying.”
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