Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari's unity in 2015 has been its strength and backed-up his comments that the team is less political since Fernando Alonso left.
Ferrari has enjoyed a renaissance year and after a series of frustrating campaigns appears to have found serious gains with both its power unit and chassis. The Italian squad has secured second place in the F1 Constructors' championship, while Raikkonen's team-mate Sebastian Vettel will finish third in the Drivers' standings as the Finn fights with fellow countryman Valtteri Bottas for fourth place.
Raikkonen, who has witnessed Alonso depart and Vettel arrive at Ferrari, feels 2015 has been the season where the squad cleared its internal power struggles and work more harmoniously together which he feels is a major reason behind its success this season.
“It's what it is and that's how it has been. The team has grown closer and working well together,” Raikkonen said. “All the changes that have been made have been the right ones, in the right direction. There has been a plan that everyone has been following. We still have quite a bit of work to be done, to be exactly where we want to be.
“The team is working better, as one team, I think you'll get the same answer from all the people if you ask them. It's one of the bigger reasons why we're getting the results.”
Raikkonen heads into the final round of the 2015 F1 season in Abu Dhabi with just a single point separating him and Bottas in the battle for fourth place in the drivers' standings.