Ferrari technical director James Allison is convinced Kimi Raikkonen will soon start delivering despite a rather mediocre start to the 2014 F1 season.
Raikkonen has been unable to match team-mate Fernando Alonso so far, and while the Spaniard has taken one podium and sits third in the Drivers' Championship with 41 points, Kimi is only twelfth in the standings, having scored just 11 points – his best result a seventh place in Australia.
Raikkonen angrily rejected suggestions in China last time out that his lack of competitiveness was due to motivation problems
, but it is clear his form to date has been disappointing, especially given how he did last year and in 2012 with Lotus. Nevertheless, Allison has faith in the 2007 F1 World Champion.
“With Fernando we've seen an extraordinary level of performance [this year], scavenging every possible point at every possible opportunity. Kimi is [also] working extremely well with the team, collaborating with the engineers, helping us to drive this car forwards. He has class written all over him and in a very short space of time, I'm sure we will also see the results of that on the track,” Allison confirmed.
Allison meanwhile has said the Scuderia will keep working and keep pushing to close the gap to the dominant Mercedes' of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
“Where did we see the real performance level of the car? Bahrain or China?” Allison asked.
“It's a mistake to think in those terms, because it wasn't the same car at the two tracks. Between those two races, we improved the car quite substantially, so not only did the track characteristics change, so did our car,” he explained.
“We are learning how to get performance out of this new set of regulations and hopefully to make this car more competitive,” he continued. “The key to a successful season is to keep improving your car at every race.
“If we can do that, bringing a meaningful amount of performance to every one of those races, we will keep seeing steps forward. And that will define what is the true F14 T, not just one single race,” he concluded on the eve of the start of the European season.