After two retirements due to mechanical failures in the first two races of 2016, Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that the team needs to work on improving reliability going forward.
Motorsport.com reports that Raikkonen, who was forced to retire from the 2016 Australian Grand Prix following a fiery engine failure, is happy with the pace of the new Ferrari F1 car but recognizes its obvious shortcomings in regards to reliability.
“We are still positive about what the team has built over the winter,” the Fin said. “It hasn’t been ideal first two races for the team, we had two podiums, but to not score and not finish isn’t what we wanted.
“There is still a bit of work to be done on that side, but the speed is there; if you take qualifying for the last race it was okay.”
Ferrari has managed to somewhat close the gap to rival Mercedes-Benz in the off season, especially in regards to race pace, but reliability issues have prevented the SF16-H from recognizing its true potential. Vettel turned up third in Australia, while Raikkonen was able to split the Mercedes drivers in Bahrain and come in second.
“It is still not as good as we want to be, but this is a fairly good car and we go from there,” Raikkonen said.
“If there is something I prefer more, we prefer to have a better and faster car, and things we know happened last year we try to improve. There are always things to improve and do things better.”