Kimi Raikkonen says he expects to be given the same fair treatment and chances as Sebastian Vettel, even if his team-mate is able to mount a title challenge.
Despite a podium in Bahrain, Raikkonen is a relatively distant fourth place in the drivers' world championship reckoning, 59 points off leader Lewis Hamilton and 28 points adrift of Vettel after five races.
However, though Vettel's win in Malaysia has identified him as a potential outside threat for this year's title challenge, Raikkonen doesn't expect Ferrari to be focusing its attention on the German and neglecting him, saying it is in their interest to keep both drivers competitive in the quest for a strong constructors'' championship result.
“It's the only way how it should be run and it will be good for the team. In the end in the team there is two cars, yes we fight for the world drivers' championship as drivers' but the team wants to win the manufacturer championship and you need to have two cars for that, to be able to fight for the title. Ferrari will give us both the same chances and fair treatment, so it's up to us.
“We try to behave as well as we can against each other if we have to race. We try to beat each other but in a good way and with the interests of the team in mind. Everything works and how the team is being run is really good for all of us.
“Every team boss is different and you can have a different feeling or relationship with a different guy, a different boss. I know Maurizio from before and we had a good relationship but yes it's different how the team is being run this year, how things are being done in the team and I think it's only good changes.”