Speaking at the launch of the Ferrari with which he aims to retain his crown, the Finn acknowledged that the removal of electronic driver aids will make car control more difficult.

"It will be much more complex to drive, that's for sure. Especially on wet tracks. But it will be also much more fun," said Raikkonen. "We have already tested the new system before Christmas. There are also other [electronic] control systems missing, which we were using last year. But we are really satisfied with the new car and its modifications. The cockpit of the F2008 is tighter and also the car is smaller. We have to be ready for these changes."

Raikkonen, who snatched his first world championship from under the nose of McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, expects to feel more comfortable during his second season at Ferrari - but claims he won't be backing off.

"I am not feeling too safe. I have waited for this moment for many years. Maybe this year will not be too difficult to get along. But I do not feel too safe," he said. "We will definitely try to win the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships again. We have to see how the test sessions and the first grands prix of the season will go... McLaren will be there for sure. And then there's BMW. It will be a difficult year. It's my second year at Ferrari. I can feel that everything is going really well. I know the people I am working with and I really like the team."

Kimi added that he hopes to remain in Formula One, with Ferrari, for the foreseeable future.

"I have still two years left and if I go on having fun, I'll stay here. I really like Formula One and I have a brilliant team. We'll see," he said, before commenting on more immediate concerns: "We want to start really well into a great season. We want to win again the world titles and we want to avoid retirements. This is the main feature to win against McLaren. That is how it was and that is how it will be in the future."

 

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