Raikkonen battles for his future with the Italian giant
Kimi Raikkonen concedes that he has to make a swift return to form if he is to be in contention to stay at the team next season after a disappointing Canadian Grand Prix.
Raikkonen finished back in sixth, almost a minute shy of Sebastian Vettel, who was fighting for the race lead.
The result comes after Raikkonen also crashed out of the preceding Monaco GP.
Raikkonen said: “This race and the last wasn’t ideal. Hopefully we will get things running more smoothly for the next race and get back to where we should be. It wasn’t the ideal weekend but we still take points that we got, even though it’s not what we want.
“I’m sure I could have done certain things better but we’ve done what we could and it’s pointless to try and put any numbers on it [to rate his performance].”
Raikkonen, whose contract expires at the end of this season, admitted he had tyre issues in Canada.
“The car was OK at certain points but on the last sector it’s difficult to get the tyres working after the straights, so I struggled to keep the heat in them.”
Ferrari team head Maurizio Arrivabene said asking Raikkonen to conserve fuel could have contributed to the Finn’s tyre heat issues. He added: “Every time we are asking him to save fuel, he slowed down and the tyres were losing temperature, and it was not easy to catch up. Sometimes it happens that certain weekends are perfect and others are not.”