Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci has backed Kimi Raikkonen to turn his season around on his own.
Raikkonen has been beaten by team-mate Fernando Alonso in all ten races so far this season and has just 19 points to Alonso's 97. Mattiacci acknowledges that Ferrari needs more points from Raikkonen having dropped behind Williams in the constructors' championship – a situation which Alonso says will be hard to reverse
– but he has backed the 2007 world champion to find a way out of his current slump.
“I think he knows what he can do better,” Mattiacci said. “It's not up to me, he's a professional driver. He won a world championship with Ferrari. So he's motivated, he knows that there's [room for] improvement. He will see Fernando ahead, he sees that basically it's a tough moment but we are all together in this. And he has the utmost confidence and support from Ferrari.”
When asked whether Raikkonen was the right man for Ferrari in 2015 or if it was considering promoting Jules Bianchi, Mattiacci replied: “Kimi is the driver that we need. We need to get more points, but he is the driver that we need.”
While Mattiacci is keen to see Raikkonen's results improve, he isn't becoming too hands-on with the situation, saying he hasn't been taking a prominent role on the pitwall during races.
“On pitwall decisions I don't make that many calls. There is Pat Fry, there is Andrea Stella, there is Antonio Spagnolo; I don't think I need to push the button. Aside from my skills I don't think other team principals push the button and interject at specific moments. Unless there are certain topics that I could interject but it was not the case in the last three races.”