Kimi Raikkonen says he knew the risk he was taking when he opted to run the old specification Ferrari aero package in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Raikkonen trialled Ferrari’s latest upgrades on Friday but switched to the team’s old aerodynamic package for qualifying and the race.
This allowed the Maranello-based squad to contrast and compare the two specifications, as team-mate Sebastian Vettel continued with the upgrade package all weekend.
“Overall, it has been a difficult weekend, but not a disaster and we learned a lot,” said Raikkonen, who came home fifth after struggling to clear Valtteri Bottas’ Williams.
“In the race today we gained a few places, but I was not very comfortable with my car, as it was sliding around.
“Besides that, and for whatever reason, we are able catch the Williams but it’s very difficult to overtake them: they are very fast down the straights and once we get behind them, our car starts to be difficult to handle, much more than when you’re following other lapped cars.
“About the choice of going back to the ‘old’ aero package, I think it was good for all of us to be able to compare them on the circuit and I was prepared to run the risk,” he explained.
“Maybe it would have been better with the new bits, that is probably the case, but at least now we know about it.
“So, for the next races, we have to do a better job and we need to have more clean weekends, without any issue, even a small one, to make sure that everything works. We know where we have to improve.”
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