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Spanish GP F1: Raikkonen will come good – Ferrari

Ferrari technical guru James Allison has faith in Kimi Raikkonen and is 'sure' they will soon see the results of his 'class' on the track, despite a poor start to F1 2014.
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.

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29.01.2014- James Allison (GBR) Ferrari Chassis Technical Director
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James Allison (GBR) Ferrari Chassis Technical Director. 29.01.2014. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain.
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
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May 06, 2014 3:30 PM

Allison will Ferrari F14T come good? That's the matter. With a fast and balanced car both Fernando and Kimi will win races, we know this, we have seen this in the past and we still believe on them. Both Alonso and Raikkonen has been around trying to fight the fastest car(Red Bull Racing) in the past few years despite Ferrari and Lotus missing some features which made Red Bull nearly unbeatable. They have to do it again this year with Mercedes on top. When this cycle will end? When we will watch Ferrari as the class of field again? You and your collegues do your job properly. Fernando and Kimi will do theirs.


May 06, 2014 1:29 PM

i tend to agree with JA. so far this season alonso has done what alonso does, 43 points from the first four races compares very well with his 41 points from the same 4 flyaways at the begining of his almost 'annus miraculus' of 2012. raikkonens 11 points from the opening races also compares (if comparison is possible) to felipe's 2 points from the opening of 2012. i recall during 2009 as ferraris 'other' driver raikkonen also outscored massa in the (same) first four races. ferrari should be in no doubt that the root of their problems are with the car and not the drivers.

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