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Kimi Raikkonen: No guarantee of a 2015 Singapore repeat

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Kimi Raikkonen thinks it is wrong to assume this year's Singapore Grand Prix is going to be the same as 2015, when Ferrari won as Mercedes languished off the pace.

Mercedes has come to its 2015 bogey track hoping to have solved issues from last year, but there are still heightened expectations around Ferrari and Red Bull this weekend. Raikkonen finished third at last year's race behind race winner and teammate Sebastian Vettel -- who thinks the world champions are favourites this time around -- and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Asked if Ferrari could repeat its performance from 2015, Raikkonen said: "I think it's the same story as any other race. We have to see how it goes tomorrow. Yes, it's true we were good here last year but that doesn't give us any guarantee that it's going to be the same story this year.

"We hope it is but time will tell. We'll start it as any other race weekend -- we do our program and tomorrow we get some ideas of where we are."

Despite lofty pre-season expectations of challenging Mercedes for the title, Ferrari is still yet to win in 14 races this year. Raikkonen thinks that is down to other teams matching Ferrari's rate of improvement.

"Obviously we want to win, we want to fight for wins, be up there and give ourselves, every weekend, very good chances of victory. That hasn't happened this year, unfortunately. We are better than last year but obviously the others have improved more.

"I'm sure we are doing the right things, we have great people and a good atmosphere, but the speed is missing a bit, that's probably where we have to improve, in many areas."