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F1: Raikkonen sees Ferrari positives for 2015

2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen has faith in Ferrari, insists team has some “very good people” and that “in future it will pay off big time”
Kimi Raikkonen says the current Ferrari car is “not a disaster” and will provide a good base to work from for the rest of the season and 2015.

After such a dramatic regulation change ahead of the new season, there are only minimal differences in the technical regulations for next year which means teams can carry over concepts from the current cars. Raikkonen has already been working on Ferrari's 2015 car and says the team has no huge weaknesses to address but needs to make progress in every area.

“It's not a disaster, that's for sure,” Raikkonen said. “Otherwise there would not be the results that the team has achieved so far. Obviously we know the areas where we have to work and it's a bit everywhere; we are not really bad anywhere but we are not fantastic either anywhere.

“So it's kind of a bit everywhere. It's a reliable car, in some places it works better and in some conditions it's better but we have a lot of places where we know that if we can improve those then it can make a big, big difference and improve the whole thing a lot.”

While Raikkonen knows he has to be patient for the car to improve he says he is encouraged by the changes he has seen implemented by technical director James Allison this year.

“We know the issues but like I said, things are not easy to change in Formula One or improve things. Even if you can pinpoint the issue that you have it's very tricky to suddenly come up with a fix otherwise it would be easy and nobody would have any issues. That's a fact and that's how it goes.

“We have some very good people – starting with James Allison at the factory – and I think they've been putting people in the right areas and organisation to make a difference. I'm sure in the future it will pay off big time.”

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19.07.2014- Free practice 3, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.06.2014- Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
20.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
26.07.2014- Free Practice 3, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
26.07.2014- Free Practice 3, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
20.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
20.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
28.03.2014- Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
20.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T

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August 11, 2014 12:59 PM

Ferrari produced a car with good front end until first half of 2008. Then they started making changes to car which would not suit Kimi's style. Schumacher who was then an consultant to ferrari mentioned it in an interview that the changes they made did not work for Raikkonen but worked great for Massa who then started earning podiums on consistent basis. intact that was the last straw in Michael and Raikonnen's relationship i believe. Kimi believed michael supervised the changes which screwed up a winning car and Michael thought Kimi doesn't communicate if something goes wrong (Michael said that in a youtube video) After that Ferrari never produced a car with good front end. Keep in mind Alonso is more of like Button who driving style requires the car setup for bit of understeer. A car with strong front end will almost never understeer and hence won't suit his style. That is the reason why Alonso / Button can make dog of cars punch above their weight, but when the car alm


August 11, 2014 1:52 PM

karthikweed: Cant imagine Fernando outracing you at Spa. Go for it man.
I can. He's spanked him at every track so far.
I agree. But on traditional tracks like monaco, catalunya, hungary kimi was better than fernando on raceday. Spa being an other one and kimi's personal favourite, he might outrace Fernando. P.S: Subject to Ferrari approval

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