Kimi Raikkonen is just as fast as teammate Sebastian Vettel, but the latter makes fewer mistakes, according to Ferrari technical director James Allison.
The only mistake, as far as Alison remembers, was made by Vettel in the 36th lap of the race in Bahrain, where he drove off the track and injured the front wings.
Raikkonen, on the other hand, has a few more problems, especially in the qualifiers, where he has collected fewer points than Vettl in the races due to bad luck and his own mistakes and the team's mistakes. In the World Championship before the race in Hungary, which will take place this weekend, he is 59 points behind Vettl, but we cannot blame only Finc and his mistakes, as he had to resign in Australia due to a stoppage problem, for example. The race in Malaysia, where Vettel won, was started by the Finn in 11th place after his qualifications were ruined by the rain, and then again he could not cash in a solid car, as he is already in the first place in the hot Sepang, which was obviously lying to the Italian car. round had to go to the pits after his tire was punctured by Felipe Nasr. Although he fell completely to the start, he finished fourth by the end of the race.
“Sometimes Kimi is faster, other times Sebastian. The only difference may be that Seb makes almost no mistakes. This year, we only saw in Bahrain that he is also making mistakes, ”Allison said. “Except for this weekend, he made virtually no mistakes. On the other hand, Kimi, especially in qualifying, makes the mistake more often. I would say that even if Kimi were here and I think I would agree with that. Sometimes a small mistake can ruin your weekend, but it's still very fast and Kimi is well aware of that, ”said Allison, who is convinced that the Maranello team can get closer to Mercedes after a good start to the season. recorded a victory in Malaysia, advancing only slowly compared to the German team.
“You don’t turn your back on victory if it’s offered to you,” Allison says. “The race in Malaysia was exceptional for us. The feeling of victory gave us new motivations and I can't wait to feel it again.
Given the achievements since the start of the season, I would say that our work has borne fruit. Due to the development of the race car and the engine, we gained a second and a half per lap. If I had to predict what will happen in the second half of the season, I would say that we will get closer to Mercedes and do better than Williams, ”Allison is convinced.
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