Räikkönen adamant he still 'has the speed'
14 August 2017 – Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen insists that he still "has the speed" to compete at the front of the Formula 1 field, despite a mixed opening half to the 2017 season.
Räikkönen holds fifth position in the championship, 86 points behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel, having ended his nine-year pole drought in Monaco, and finished on the podium in four races.
Despite his points deficit and qualifying shortfall to Vettel – he trails the German 8-3 – Räikkönen feels that he is still sufficiently quick, but needs to string everything together to improve results.
"If you purely look at the end results, it's not been very good," he said of his season.
"But on the other side, I think we've been quite happy in some places, not so happy in others, and that shows in the results.
"Personally, obviously I'm not happy with the results, that's for sure. I want to win races and I want to be up there all the time.
"It's definitely not been the case this year, too often, but I know when things are correct.
"I think driving-wise I have the speed, so I'm not worried about that, it's putting things in the correct places."
Räikkönen expanded on his highs and lows, commenting: "Obviously when you don't finish the races, it's the worst ones, but it happens sometimes.
"My top moment… I think Silverstone I felt quite good and it was fun.
"There are always good things in every weekend, there might be bad things in every weekend, it's just you try to minimise the bad times and maximise the good ones.
"It's easy to look only at the result and say, 'This was good, this was bad'."