Kimi Raikkonen Warns Champion Lewis Hamilton That Ferrari Need Constructors’ Title
The Sauber-bound Finn conceded that Ferrari aren’t in a robust place –- they path Mercedes by 55 factors within the constructors’ standings with two races to go –- however made it clear they won’t be giving up.
“Clearly, we’re not in a very good place, however we’re nonetheless in it and we’ll do our greatest… We’re making an attempt to win,” he instructed reporters. Raikkonen, who famously gained the drivers’ title for Ferrari in Brazil in 2007, stated that Hamilton deserved to win this 12 months’s crown and rejected the concept that his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel had misplaced it via staff and particular person errors. “For positive he gained it,” he stated. “Whoever has probably the most factors has gained it. Ultimately, in the event you ask 10 individuals, all of them have completely different views the way it’s been gained or misplaced.”It makes no distinction… He gained it. Honest play and congratulations to him.”
He added that it was extra essential for the staff to achieve the constructors’ championship.
“There is a drivers’ championship, however in the event you go to any staff they’re in all probability going to say that is extra essential for them — the constructors’ championship greater than the drivers.
“That is what we’re making an attempt to do… and we’ll see in two races’ time.”
Vettel Bullish About Future
Vettel admitted he was upset that Hamilton had clinched this 12 months’s drivers’ title in Mexico with two races remaining, however stated he remained motivated for the longer term, together with this weekend.
“Clearly, the final race was a tricky one to swallow and possibly the winter might be as effectively,” stated the four-time world champion. “However giving up is just not an possibility…
“Thrice now, I’ve been able like that with 2017, 2009 and this 12 months. For me, in all probability ’09 was the worst –- and my lowest level.
“You by no means know what the following 12 months brings so that you by no means know whether or not you get one other probability. I’ve labored very laborious for it and I’m assured it would come, however finally I do not know.
“You’ll be able to’t predict. None of these moments had been good.”
Trying again on this 12 months, by which his title problem pale within the second half of the season, he stated: “There may be plenty of stuff that occurred this 12 months and we’ll, as a staff and as a person, be capable to study from it and take it ahead and lift the bar subsequent 12 months.
“Clearly, alongside the way in which, one thing went incorrect and we have to study from it. One thing went incorrect and we did not go and develop in the proper route…
“Clearly we missed one thing and never as a result of one thing was on goal by default set incorrect. So it is as much as us to discover a repair for it and ensure it does not occur once more, however it’s not so easy to search out and repair it because it sounds.
“I nonetheless have a mission right here and I nonetheless need to win. That hasn’t modified.”