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Kimi Raikkonen given homework by Ferrari team principal

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Kimi Raikkonen has been told to improve his qualifying form by Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene if he wants to have more success during races.

Raikkonen has struggled to find speed during the Saturdays of grand prix weekends, with his new team-mate Sebastian Vettel out-qualifying him and going on to secure five podiums in six races so far this season.

Raikkonen's best display came at the Bahrain Grand Prix when he finished second behind race-winner Lewis Hamilton. But in the other races the 2007 World Champion has been left trailing by four-time world champion Vettel.

And Arrivabene has identified where Raikkonen is going wrong and why he is losing out to Vettel.

"The problem with Kimi is qualifying," Arrivabene told the media. "Because during the race you saw, at a certain part of the race, he had the same pace as Sebastian.

“So if he improves in qualifying then he will have no problems in a race because we know Kimi in a race is super and he can do a good job.”


Arrivabene also joked that he would give Raikkonen some 'homework' to do in order to improve his qualifying results.

"If I have to give him some homework then he has to write 100 times ‘I have to be better in qualifying’," he said.

Arrivabene admits that Ferrari as a whole must improve in qualifying if they are to challenge Mercedes for the rest of the campaign.

"Since the beginning of the year, and also last year, Mercedes are very quick in qualifying, very strong. This is an indication for us on where to focus our attention for the future to work.

If you are going to start in a good position on the grid then the race is going to be easier," Arrivabene said.

“When you have air in front of you, and not other competitors before you, it's good for you and the tyres. Because if you are very close to another competitor the consumption of the tyres goes down very fast. So for us it's something we have to work on.”

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