Lo stile non si cambia…–02/10/2014
Raikkonen: Nothing wrong with my driving style
Kimi Raikkonen does not see the need to change his driving style to suit the Ferrari F14 T when the team still has issues with the car to resolve.
Raikkonen’s first season back at Ferrari since 2009 has been a challenging one, though there have been marked signs of improvement since the summer break. In Singapore Raikkonen said the Ferrari felt better than it had all season, but he is adamant there is nothing he needs to change from a personal standpoint to improve his results further.
“No, I don’t see the point of me changing my driving style,” Raikkonen said when asked if he had considered changing it to suit the Ferrari. “I couldn’t drive differently any faster. The issue is not with how I drive but how we fix the issue, then we will have a good result.
“I can drive around some issues but I hope we can fix the main issue and drive as I always do. I’ve been driving in Formula One for quite a few years and have never changed it and will never change it. It’s not the right way of fixing the problems.”
But Raikkonen believes patience will continue to be the key for Ferrari, both for the end of 2014 and with the work being done for 2015.
“I think we knew from the beginning certain things would take time, certain things cannot be changed in certain cars. There a lot of small things that, when you put them together, make a big difference. It’s not one major thing that you change out of the blue.
“We have improved race by race and made some steps, got better feelings, some new parts to help with that. The tyres, in those conditions, was the best feeling there has been. It became easier to drive again and once you get that feeling it becomes much easier – you don’t have to guess what’s going to happen every corner or fight with the car.”
Raikkonen says he has no worries about his F1 future with Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen says he has no worries about his Formula 1 future at Ferrari, despite the uncertainty surrounding team-mate Fernando Alonso.
While Alonso and Ferrari are set for intense discussions to decide whether or not they should continue their partnership, Raikkonen says he is thinking only of a more successful 2015 campaign at Maranello.
The Finn believes that changes that have begun to be implemented under new team boss Marco Mattiacci are working, and have left him convinced that Ferrari is the right place for him.
When asked if, after a recent restructuring at Ferrari, he felt safe, Raikkonen said: “I think they have the right people.
“There have been quite a lot of changes and knowing how they do things, it is different at the factory.
“I think the changes with [James] Allison, and with all the people around him and all the guys at the factory, we have a good group of people.
“They have changed certain things to make sure that the mistakes that have happened in the past years will not happen anymore.
“Obviously it takes a while, but I 100 per cent believe in people and that at Ferrari we can turn it around and put the team where it should be. That should be in the front.
“For myself I have a contract and I have no worries.”