Kimi Raikkonen "is more mature" than he was during his first spell with Ferrari, according to team principal Stefano Domenicali.

After leaving Ferrari at the end of 2009, Raikkonen was away from Formula One for two years before returning with Lotus in 2012. With Raikkonen having rejoined Ferrari for 2014 alongside Fernando Alonso, the dynamic between the two world champions within the team is a highly anticipated aspect of the new season.

However, Domenicali does not expect to see fireworks from his two drivers, saying that Raikkonen has approached the start of his second stint with Ferrari in an impressive way.

"[Raikkonen] is more mature, more expert, closer to the team," Domenicali told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "He's already been to Maranello a lot; he comes he almost every week. He knows what he is capable of. He knows that this is an important challenge for him. He knows what he has to do with a champion like Alonso, with whom he has to work in an integrated way.

"[He is] extremely motivated and has the experience to manage a difficult championship, such as this year's will be. He knows how to handle the pressure of driving alongside Alonso and driving for Ferrari, which is always under the spotlight and for whom finishing second is a tragedy."

However, while Domenicali says second place for Ferrari is a failure, he admits that the first pre-season test in Jerez gave him no indication of where the team sits in the current competitive order.

"In a very different kind of contest from previous years we needed to confirm certain fundamental parameters and we have done that. It is a sign of the robustness of our project which gives us hope.

"But we must be careful; in terms of performance we haven't seen anything yet from anyone. We will only know where everyone is after the second Bahrain test. From a reliability point of view Mercedes has started well, also its customer teams have covered a lot of kilometres."



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