Maurizio Arrivabene insists there were no issues with Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari during the Singapore Grand Prix, saying his comments about struggling with the car aren't unusual.

Though third place in the Marina Bay race yielded only a second podium of the season for Raikkonen, the Finn was comprehensively out-performed once again by Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who claimed a dominant race win.

Indeed, Raikkonen expressed only a moderate satisfaction with the result, referring to 'struggling' with the car in qualifying and therefore anticipating a similar scenario come race day.

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However, Arrivabene insists there is no specific reason for Raikkonen experiencing issues with the car, joking that he is simply 'always complaining'

"Kimi is always complaining! [There was] no problem at all. The usual comments when they are doing the setting of the car, the difference is Seb is quiet and Kimi is screaming, nothing special."

Asked about the gulf in performance between the two drivers on a weekend when Ferrari had the measure of the competition, Arrivabene says he remains unwilling to put his two drivers into a head-to-head.

"In Monza Kimi was very, very strong, here it's Sebastian. Sebastian loves this circuit and is particularly strong here so I don't want to do comparisons between our drivers. They were up to the podium and for me it's enough."

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RoyO: For some years now I've been baffled by Raikkonen-worship. His performance falls so far short of impressive that it's amazing Ferrari have retained him other than in the role of a placeholder no. 2 pending someone with potential becoming available. In his first year Vettel has already trounced him comprehensively.
Raikkonen's impolite, monosyllabic, grunting seems to amuse some fans but it's just simple incivility. This oaf gets paid a fortune and yet resents the minimal level of PR that's required of someone in his privileged position. The precise term for this is "boorishness".
If he was a consistently brilliant driver - or even funny - it might be reasonable to cut him some slack, but he's a sullen has-been and the sooner he's replaced the better. Sounds like Arrivabene has his number.[\blockquote]

I've been a Kimi fan for years, but recently less so as he doesn't seem to have the drive/purpose to be at the front.
I started following him back in his Mclaren day

It seems Crash cut-off the second half of my post somehow.....

I've been a Kimi fan for years, but recently less so as he doesn't seem to have the drive/purpose to be at the front.
I started following him back in his Mclaren days when he'd routinely slice his way through the field from the back and win or get on the podium. The funny stuff like going to a houseboat to party after DNF'ing in Monaco (while the race was still ongoing) was always funny too.