Drivers sure Ferrari will fight back

Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa are convinced the Italian squad will fight back following its disastrous start to the season

Drivers sure Ferrari will fight back

The Maranello-based outfit has endured its worst start to a campaign since 1981, having failed to score any points in the first three races in Australia, Malaysia and China.

While Raikkonen, 10th today, admits Ferrari's car is lacking speed, the Finn is adamant the team will be much stronger once the European seasons begins in Spain.

"We have made some mistakes but unfortunately we don't have the speed to be where we want to be right now," Raikkonen told reporters.

"But for sure when we get to Barcelona and get some new parts we should improve quite a bit. If we had had a dry race today we would have scored some points."

The former world champion is convinced the new floor the team will have for Spain will make a big difference.

"We don't have enough grip in the dry but in the wet it seems to be even more difficult," he said.

"We'll do the best that we can and I'm sure we are going to be back in a position to challenge for wins, but it will take a little while, so we just need to go through this hard time and we definitely going to get back."

Team-mate Massa, who retired from today's race with an electronics problem, reckons Ferrari has to keep working hard in order to get out of the current situation.

"It's a very tough situation," said Massa. "We are in a different condition that we were in the past but I still believe in the team. I think we have a good chance to move away from this problem. I'm very motivated to help the team get away from that. And I will do my best.

"I will work even harder for the team to try to motivate them, to try to get away from this really difficult moment. We are all human beings, and people can have difficult times. I had many difficult times in the beginning of my career so I remember very well how it is and I'll remember even more now in order to be able to get away from this moment."

He added: "At the moment we have two issues. One is that we need to improve the car, we need to make the car quicker. And the second is we need to make car reliable, because you can have the quickest car in the world but if you don't finish the race it doesn't matter. So I think those are the most important points we need to work on to improve the situation."

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