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Felice di deludervi! Parla Kimi–09/07/2016


Happy to disappoint by keeping Ferrari seat – Kimi Raikkonen Q&A

Barely 24 hours after signing a contract extension for 2017 with Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen came out of a scrappy qualifying session at Silverstone with a half-second advantage over team mate Sebastian Vettel. Cause for celebration? Not exactly, according to Raikkonen – although he is happy to have put to bed the constant speculation linking other drivers to his seat with the Scuderia…

Q: Kimi, let’s start with the obvious: you have been confirmed for another year. Does that make things easier?

Kimi Raikkonen: For sure it makes things easier. Because people will stop asking the same question over and over again! And that makes a huge difference. (laughs) It also gives me pleasure that it is disappointing a lot of people who had high hopes. So it was good that there was a decision now and not towards the end of the season, because from now on we can fully concentrate on the remaining 2016 season and the changes for 2017. The rest – the racing and working with the team – doesn’t really change. Of course I am very happy to stay with Ferrari. Also I am interested to experience the changes of 2017. Faster cars and wider tyres – that sounds pretty good to me.

Q: Coming to today, what do you make of the gap to Red Bull and Mercedes?

KR: Well, it is not ideal. But the conditions have also been pretty tricky. There was simply not enough speed and with the wind that is here we probably knew that we would suffer a bit. I hope the race will be much easier, at least concerning the wind.

Q: And what about your gap to Sebastian Vettel – more than half a second. What do you make of that?

KR: Ah, I don’t make anything out of that. I know that the media jump on things like that. But for me it is completely irrelevant. If it would be about pole position and P2 I probably would waste a thought on it. But it is about P5 and P6 – and that is not worth thinking of.

Q: You just mentioned that the conditions were not easy for Ferrari. Did you come here expecting to face some oddities?

KR: Well, we probably knew that there would be some issues in the handling of the car. But then you come here and find conditions that make it a bit harder to handle than expected. Overall we are where we expected to be. No big disappointment – and no miracles.

Q: Was there a particular reason for your spin?

KR: It was just going over the kerbs – but it didn’t have any impact other than probably losing some time.

Q: What kind of difficulties are you facing here exactly? Is it the set-up, the temperature of the tyres? Can you say? And are they Silverstone-specific, or more generic?

KR: It is the same story at all the races so far this season. We want more downforce and find it hard to settle on the right set-up in that situation. And then if you have conditions like today it adds fuel to the fire. But that is how it is and we know that not enough downforce is one of our weaknesses – but we also know that you don’t fix that in the blink of an eye.

Q: So the set-up issues are at every circuit, or particular to Silverstone?

KR: It is basically just here. On top of that we had some small issues here and there to be really comfortable. That adds up. And on top of that we suffer from the wind. Everybody is suffering from it – maybe us more than others.

Q: When you look at the race tomorrow, do you expect to suffer more than others again then – at least if the conditions stay dry?

KR: Ha. I have not driven other cars so how would I know? And as for suffering from the wind, the key question is always the direction it blows. Maybe we will see tailwind tomorrow – who knows?

Da Formula1.com


Carote… -29/06/2016


Ferrari president says Raikkonen must prove he deserves new F1 deal

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne believes Kimi Raikkonen needs to prove he is worthy of a contract extension for 2017 if he wants to remain in Formula 1.

Raikkonen’s F1 future has been in the spotlight in recent weeks, with Ferrari in no hurry to resolve who will drive alongside Sebastian Vettel next season.

Speaking to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, Marchionne called on Raikkonen to perform "like the world champion he is".

"We are under no illusion with Kimi, his stay at Ferrari depends on the way he races," he said.

"He really needs to show he deserves a Ferrari, otherwise I would think that to leave is his choice.

"If we can’t give a positive contribution then it’s not worth staying, and Kimi knows that.

"So, either he races like the world champion he is, otherwise…

"But I’m confident he will. Let’s support him."

Ferrari is 81 points behind Mercedes in the constructors’ championship and is yet to win a race in 2016, with Red Bull beating it to victory at Barcelona when Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton clashed.

Having set high hopes after making a big step forward in 2015, Marchionne conceded its SF16-H is not making life easy.

"Their secret is the car’s stability," he said of Mercedes.

"The Ferrari SF16-H came to being with new ideas compared to 2015.

"On paper, when it was designed, it had an aesthetics and engineering beauty that, once on the track, had different behaviour from what was expected.

"We are trying to tame the car in order to understand what it needs to be productive on the performance level.

"It’s a very difficult car."

Da Autosport.com

 


Il futuro di Kimi secondo Prost ed Arrivabene


Faccia a faccia con Arrivabene: "Ci credo, non firmerei per tre vittorie!"

[…]

Passiamo agli attuali piloti Ferrari. Il tuo approccio con loro è identico o cerchi di andare incontro a due personalità estremamente differenti?
“E’ un compromesso. Ho un rapporto molto diretto e sincero con loro, e viceversa. Ci confrontiamo in modo molto chiaro, senza giri di parole. Non c’è mai stato bisogno di imporre nulla, si arriva insieme a ciò che va fatto. Poi i caratteri sono diversi. Kimi è più introverso, ma in questo ultimo anno e mezzo ha dialogato sempre di più, ed è molto preciso quando fornisce delle indicazioni”.

“Sebastian è aperto, meticoloso, maniaco dei dettagli. Entrambi sono dei grandi professionisti, e lo si vede quando le cose non vanno bene. In certe situazioni verrebbe da demoralizzarsi, ma subito dopo si analizza l’accaduto e si riparte. E se ci si ritrova a cena, si scoprono ragazzi simpatici, intelligenti, persone cha lavorano in Formula 1 ma con cui puoi affrontare tanti temi, che leggono molto ed hanno occhi che vanno al di là del paddock”.

Quando la Ferrari ha un pilota in scadenza di contratto non può sottrarsi al gioco dei pronostici in vista della prossima stagione. Resterà Raikkonen o guardate oltre?
“Ho detto più volte che abbiamo due piloti campioni del Mondo. Sebastian ha voluto la Ferrari, era una sua aspirazione come lo è di tantissimi altri piloti. E’ concentrato sul suo lavoro e credo che voglia rimanere qui a lungo. Kimi sta dando il suo contributo anche per la classifica costruttori, e nelle prima parte del Mondiale 2016 sta andando bene. Quando la macchina è a posto, non credo che sia inferiore a nessuno. Ma è presto per dare risposte definitive in vista del prossimo anno, abbiamo quasi due terzi di campionato davanti a noi”. […]

Da Motorsport.com



Secondo Prost cambiare Raikkonen è un rischio per la Ferrari

La Ferrari potrebbe trovare un pilota più veloce per sostituire Kimi Raikkonen nel 2017, ma una mossa di questo tipo potrebbe non essere la cosa migliore secondo Alain Prost.

Il contratto di Raikkonen con la Casa di Maranello andrà in scadenza alla fine dell’anno e hanno preso sempre più piede gli interrogativi su cosa faranno i vertici della Ferrari, alla luce anche dei recenti errori del finlandese.

Tuttavia, la Ferrari è ben consapevole del fatto che Raikkonen è un ottimo compagno di squadra per Sebastian Vettel e, dopo che la scorsa settimana non ha avuto problemi a lasciargli strada a Baku, il team non può non riconoscere i vantaggi di avere due piloti che vanno d’accordo.

Parlando alla FIA Sport Conference di Torino, Alain Prost ha spiegato che la squadra italiana deve affrontare una scelta difficile, soprattutto vista la disponibilità di talenti promettenti come Carlos Sainz e Sergio Perez.

"Tutti possono vedere gli aspetti positivi e gli aspetti negativi" ha detto Prost sulla situazione di Raikkonen. "Ci sono uno o due piloti sul mercato che potrebbero essere interessanti per la Ferrari. Forse un po’ più veloci, anche se non lo si può sapere per certo".

"Una cosa che bisogna prendere in considerazione è la pressione della Ferrari. A volte si vedono dei piloti molto buoni in una squadra di medio livello, poi arrivano in un top team e non riescono a rendere, perché è un po’ diverso".

"L’aspetto positivo per Raikkonen è che un buonissimo rapporto con Vettel e che in questo modo c’è un numero uno ed un numero due. Non sulla carta, ma nei fatti. Per l’ambiente non è male".

"Ad essere onesti, io non biasimo la Ferrari e non la voglio criticare. Sono sicuro che prenderanno la decisione giusta".

Da Motorsport.com


I compagni ideali–10/06/2016


Kimi Raikkonen Q&A: Pressure not affecting Ferrari form

They may not have won a race this year, and they may currently be feeling more pressure from Red Bull than they’re applying to Mercedes, but – in the opinion of Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari are in a much better position this season than last. In an exclusive interview, the Finn explains why he believes victories are within sight, discusses the heavy weight of expectation that comes with driving for the Prancing Horse, and holds forth on the thorny subject of his future in F1…

Q: Kimi, it is a bit of an irony that after six races the ‘fill-in’ is doing better than the actual star of the team. What do you make out of that?

Kimi Raikkonen: Ha, I don’t feel like a ‘fill-in’! We are a team and we try to do well! Period. Yes, it is what it is right now but it is still early season and we definitely hope to be higher up soon as a team…

Q: …but do you feel like the darling of Ferrari right now?

KR: No! (laughs)
Q: Very recently Seb (Vettel) said that if he could choose just one team mate it would be you. But Seb is also somebody who hates to be second best so how does he cope with that exactly?

KR: Nothing has changed. We both work for the team and do our maximum – and that is a benefit for both of us – and for the team. The main issue for both of us right now is to put Ferrari to where it belongs. Yes, we haven’t had an ideal season – both of us – so far, but hopefully we can be right up there in the future with both cars – and then let’s see where we end up.
Q: Ferrari started with a mission this season – to challenge for the title. But recently something always seems to happen in races that interrupts that mission. What is the main reason from Kimi Raikkonen’s point of view?

KR: That sounds as if we would not be in a fight. But let me tell you: we are in a fight and will fight until the last moment and try to win the championship. So far there hasn’t been an ideal start of the year – we’ve both had DNFs and those circumstances don’t help in the standings – but be sure that we won’t give up. We are working like hell – and we will get the results!

Q: How much have reliability issues played a part? The new Ferrari engine doesn’t seem to be the real killer…

KR: We had small issues that had cost us quite a few points – but no major troubles. The team has been very quick to fix these things and now we are happy on that side.
Q: This year Ferrari wanted to close the gap to Mercedes, but currently they are the ones being threatened – by Red Bull Racing for P2 in the pecking order. Are Ferrari in a defensive situation?

KR: As I just said, we haven’t had the most straightforward start of the year, but I am sure that we have the speed and I know that we are able to fight for wins. And we want to win races! We don’t care who we are fighting with. Ideally it has to be a Ferrari finishing first and second!
Q: You speak so strongly about Ferrari winning races so it must be pretty disappointing that Ferrari has not won a single race so far in 2016…

KR: We want to win races – of course – and if people say that now we are worse than last year I reply: we are not! The package is good, the team is working better together and we’ve made a big step forward from last year. That is fact – whatever people try to say! That is all nonsense. What is probably underestimated is that the races got mixed up from last season that the races we’ve been usually strong have been moved to a later point in the season and those were we have expected to have more of a hard time have been moved to the beginning of the year. So when it looks like we were doing better last season it does not show the whole picture. Of course, for those that don’t know all the circumstances and only look at the plain numbers it might appear that way. But that doesn’t affect us at all. That is basically nonsense that the media make up. We know that we’ve improved but probably not to the level that we would have wanted. But we are working on that!
Q: What is that level that you call upon?

KR: We want to be where Ferrari should be: at one and two! Be the team that everybody wants to beat.
Q: Ferrari’s president Sergio Marchionne is putting a lot of pressure on the team. Is that helpful?
KR: A team like Ferrari traditionally has more pressure than any other team – that will never change. So everybody expects us to do well – that’s in the name. And we put ourselves under pressure, as nobody in the team is happy if we don’t win. So in the end it does not matter if he (Marchionne) gives us pressure or somebody else. We know what we want to do and want to achieve.
Q: As Finns, you and Valtteri Bottas can rely on the principle of Sisu (loosely translated as a kind of stoic determination) – but lately Nico Rosberg has also claimed that this Sisu is also propelling his career…

KR: …wait a minute! Not me! I have never said that Sisu has anything to do with me! For me Sisu is just a Finnish candy – and whatever people attribute to that mental side of Sisu I don’t buy it!
Q: No driver triggers as many rumours about his F1 future as you – and it’s been the same now for years. Isn’t that tiresome for you?

KR: Not anymore as this has been going on since the second year I was in Formula One! All this speculation doesn’t touch me. I simply don’t care about it – it’s not my business! I do not comment on rumours.

Q: …but haven’t you been surprised that suddenly Nico Rosberg has appeared in the picture, with rumours that he might change Mercedes silver for Ferrari red?

KR: As I said: I am not interested in commenting on any crude stories. I know what is going on – and that is enough for me. I know that will not stop any rumours – but I also know that the future will prove many people wrong! But: my lips are sealed! (laughs)
Q: But Formula One is still what you want to do?

KR: I would not be here otherwise. If you don’t enjoy what you do the normal impulse would be to stop it – no?
Q: Is there a feeling of still having unfinished business in F1? You are the last Ferrari world champion so definitely no unfinished business here…

KR: Ha, I still to have business here! As I just said: I would not be here if not. If I would not enjoy racing or being part of Ferrari I would not be here. Our aim is to put Ferrari back where it belongs – and that’s not unfinished business – that’s a mission! And racing is still my passion – even though F1 has changed a lot since I have started. Every year it seems to get more and more silly – but I keep out of that and don’t get involved!

Q: So let’s find out what has to happen for Kimi Raikkonen to call 2016 a good season

KR: If we win, we will be happy. If not then the job was not good enough. We want to win the championship and not single races – that’s why we are here – not just for being here. Anything is not what we want.

Q: If you could pick one race from all the races to come that you would love to win, which one would you pick?

KR: It doesn’t matter. The best (answer) is as many as we can. And in the end all race wins give you the same amount of points – so I am passionless about a particular race. But best we could start this Sunday!

Da Formula1.com



Ferrari driver Raikkonen’s lack of ‘games’ a good fit, Vettel says

Sebastian Vettel would be comfortable with Formula 1 team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and his lack of "tricks or games" staying at Ferrari next year.

Ferrari waited until the 2015 summer break to re-sign Raikkonen for this F1 campaign and is likely to wait until the same window again before making a decision about next season.

Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean are said to be in the frame to take Raikkonen’s seat and partner Vettel in 2017.

Raikkonen, who won the 2007 championship with Ferrari and rejoined the team in ’14, said he is happy and wants to stay beyond this year.

When asked by Autosport if he would want Raikkonen to stay on, Vettel said: "I certainly don’t mind, we definitely get along.

"It’s easy to work with him because you don’t need to worry about any tricks or games or whatever that are potentially a distraction to getting the job done."

On the potential of Ricciardo joining Ferrari, which would reform the partnership the two had at Red Bull, the German said: "I raced with him in 2014 and we didn’t have any problems.

"It’s not my decision, it’s not my job to sign people.

"I don’t mind him, I like him, he’s a strong guy.

"He had a good season in 2014.

"This year, it’s difficult to judge as you don’t know what is going on internally, but from what I know, he’s a good guy."

Vettel was overshadowed by Ricciardo in 2014, with the latter winning three races and finishing higher in the championship.

When asked if he would favour having the Australian as a team-mate again because he has unfinished business, Vettel said: "Not really, 2014 is behind me.

"The way I look at it is different to what [other] people look at and what they remember.

"In the end you don’t take the raw result.

"It’s the same as on a test day, someone is P1 but he is P1 for many reasons.

"I haven’t spoken with the team, it hasn’t been a subject that has come up yet.

"With where we are currently, we are busy enough trying to close the gap – that’s the main priority."

Da Autosport.com


Qualche contrattempo di troppo–20/04/2016


Kimi Raikkonen: Ferrari must ‘clean things up’ to beat Mercedes

Kimi Raikkonen believes the Ferrari Formula 1 team will only beat Mercedes when it can "clean things up".

Though Mercedes has regularly insisted Ferrari is now its equal, all three grands prix of 2016 so far have been won by Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.

Ferrari has had a single driver on the podium each time, but has been hampered by poor reliability and incidents such as the collision involving Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyat at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix last weekend.

"Not having clean races isn’t the way to beat them [Mercedes]," said Raikkonen.

"The main idea is to improve the car and the whole package.

"We have to clean things up as that won’t help in the championship.

"It’s not ideal for us – it is for him [Rosberg] and he deserves it.

"We just have to do a better job."

Rosberg has now stretched his championship lead to 36 points over Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton with Daniel Ricciardo a further three adrift.

Vettel is fourth overall, 42 points behind Rosberg, with Raikkonen another five points back in fifth.

Raikkonen is refusing to get downbeat and remains confident Ferrari can get its act together.

"It’s only three races of the season, a lot can happen," he said.

"We just have to make the best points we can and not have any issues in the races and put ourselves in front of him.

"Speed-wise we are not too bad, we are not 100 per cent happy but we were close to him.

"At least in China we seemed to be close.

"I’m sure we can have very strong races this year and win races and fight with them [Mercedes]."

Da Autosport.com


Presentata la SF16-H


Raikkonen: “L’obiettivo del 2016? Vincere gare e mondiale”

Il finnico spera di essere competitivo sin dai test del Montmelo

Autore di un 2015 con più bassi che alti Kimi Raikkonen non ha nascosto le sue ambizioni e pur mantenendo la solita cautela, in occasione della presentazione della SF16-H ha chiaramente espresso l’intenzione di puntare al vertice della classifica.

“Anno nuovo, monoposto inedita! – le parole del pilota di Espoo – E’ sempre un piacere vedere un’auto prendere vita. Per ora posso solo dire che è bella, se poi sarà competitiva lo scopriremo solo a Barcellona la prossima settimana. La speranza è che ci permetta di ottenere tanti successi”.

“Per quanto mi riguarda vorrei essere protagonista di una stagione solida in termini di prestazioni. L’obiettivo è quindi battermi per la vittoria delle singole gare e del campionato. Vedremo come andrà quando avrò in mano il volante” – la considerazione finale del 36enne.



Arrivabene: “Nessun target preciso, solo lavoro e umiltà”

Il boss Ferrari vorrebbe una Rossa in lotta per il titolo fino a fine stagione

Forse per paura di creare false aspettative il boss Ferrari Maurizio Arrivabene ha preferito tenere un profilo basso nel giorno della presentazione dell’innovativa SF16-H pur non nascondendo il giusto desiderio di infastidire la principale contendente al titolo e rivale Mercedes.

“Non tocca a me fissare gli obiettivi del team – ha affermato – Ad ogni modo se l’anno scorso abbiamo vinto tre gare, il 2016 dovrà regalarci qualcosa di più. L’intenzione quindi è quella di essere in grado di insidare le Frecce d’Argento fino alla fine. Di certo gli altri non avranno dormito, comunque cercheremo di fare del nostro meglio con umiltà e testa bassa”.

Parlando poi dei punti di forza del Cavallino il manager bresciano ha concluso: “In assoluto il gioco di squadra. Alle nostre spalle c’è un simbolo, una leggenda e questo è sufficiente a motivare tutti a dare il 120%”.



Allison: “La Ferrari SF16-H nata da passione e competenza”

E’ decisamente un’auto diversa da quelle del recente passato la SF16-H creata dalla Ferrari per disputare il campionato di F1 al via il 20 marzo dall’Australia e presentata questo venerdì online da Maranello.

“E’ un grande giorno per la squadra – le parole del progettista James Allison – Oggi abbiamo svelato al mondo il risultato del lavoro degli ultimi mesi e visto per la prima volta nella sua interezza una macchina che finora ci eravamo soltanto immaginati. Per il momento è difficile sbilanciarsi in pronostici. La Mercedes sarà senz’altro forte. La speranza è che il gruppo sia riuscito a dare vita ad una vettura migliore della SF15-T. Di certo vi posso dire che è il frutto di amore e competenza”.

Un ruolo cardine per le prestazioni lo giocherà il motore su cui il reparto gestito da Matteo Binotto si è concentrato alla ricerca della soluzione più efficace per ottenere velocità e affidabilità.

“Ci siamo focalizzati sull’architettura rendendo la power unit più compatta a beneficio dell’aerodinamica, ma altresì sulla combustione, l’aspirazione e il turbo. In generale abbiamo puntato sull’innovazione per provare a fare un passo avanti rispetto al 2015″.



Ferrari – Raikkonen non ha più alibi, ecco perché nel 2016 può tornare ad essere Iceman

Il 2016 può essere l’anno del definitivo rilancio per l’ultimo campione del mondo della Ferrari

Tra qualche giorno Kimi Raikkonen assaggerà sul circuito di Barcellona la nuova monoposto Ferrari, si siederà nell’abitacolo, metterà la prima e via, verso la sua quattordicesima stagione in F1. Sarebbero state molte di più, se l’eclettico campione finlandese non avesse deciso di dedicarsi per qualche anno al mondiale rally, con alterne fortune.

Ce lo immaginiamo al volante, amato come sempre da un popolo rosso che non può dimenticare la splendida remuntada iridata del 2007, eppure inconsciamente “snobbato” dagli stessi ferraristi troppo concentrati sul luminoso talento di un Sebastian Vettel che, per risultati, carisma e potenzialità, si è guadagnato i teorici gradi di prima guida del Cavallino.

Non è un caso che Raikkonen scenderà in pista successivamente a Seb, ma già nelle prime curve Elf e Renault la stagione di Kimi potrebbe cambiare prospettiva. Dopo un biennio, finalmente, Raikkonen potrà giovare di una Ferrari che – se non disegnata su misura – sarà quantomeno congeniale alle sue caratteristiche di guida. Kimi è un pilota dalla guida estremamente precisa, maestro nello sfruttare in modo puntuale tutta la “corda” della traiettoria, non un fenomenale staccatore come Vettel, ma un artista della traiettoria bisognoso di un morbido pastello per disegnare la sua opera d’arte.

La guida chirurgica di Raikkonen necessita di una vettura che sia reattiva all’avantreno, fulminea in inserimento in modo da far sentire al pilota il massimo livello di controllo. Guai a guidare con un telaio “scivoloso”, sottosterzante, che allarga la traiettoria. Dopo due anni passati a litigare con monoposto estremamente dure davanti, finalmente Iceman potrebbe trovare nella nuova Ferrari lo strumento che gli permette di esternare al meglio le sue qualità.

La “667″ adotterà infatti lo schema push-rod alle sospensioni anteriori, che notoriamente permette un inserimento in curva più incisivo e morbido. Raikkonen potrà buttare l’auto in curva come piace a lui, e allora ecco che di colpo il 2016 potrebbe essere una stagione molto più brillante delle ultime.

La nuova Ferrari sarà la prima ad essere veramente “figlia” di James Allison, quello stesso Allison con il quale Raikkonen in Lotus ha raccolto quindici podi in due anni e due vittorie. Sia chiaro non bisogna chiedere a Kimi di battere Vettel; sarebbe scorretto e ingiusto farlo sia per ragioni anagrafiche che per ragioni – non c’è nulla di male ad ammetterlo – di piede, visto che il pilota tedesco è certamente un fuoriclasse più unico che raro.

E però Raikkonen ha tutte le possibilità di tornare ad essere Iceman in ogni GP, e non solo a sprazzi come nel 2015. I tre podi raccolti nell’ultima stagione potranno essere molti di più, e le difficoltà dovranno essere molte di meno. Mai più alibi e sfortune, con Kimi che dovrà ripetere più spesso prestazioni brillanti come quella del Bahrein, per fare un esempio. La speranza è che, forte di una vettura adatta alla sua guida, il finnico possa essere più convinto, convincente, forte mentalmente e sicuro. Martello sui giri in gara come ci ha abituato negli anni e senza quelle piccole esitazioni che ultimamente lo hanno frenato un po’. Il resto verrà da se, magari con una zampata che lo conduca al ventunesimo assolo in carriera. D’altronde Raikkonen ha vinto con la Lotus, perché non provarci (ancora) con la Ferrari?

Da F1Granxprix.it


Ripartire da un foglio bianco – 01/01/2016


Kimi Raikkonen shrugs off 2015 criticism

Kimi Raikkonen does not care what other people think of his performance this year and is sure he has the ability to return to winning ways in 2016.

Since rejoining Ferrari in 2014, Raikkonen has struggled for results and has been comprehensively beaten by his two team-mates Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. When asked what had changed since he was winning races two years ago at Lotus, Raikkonen said it was mainly other people’s perceptions rather than his actual driving ability.

"It’s not like suddenly I am becoming a worse driver, but you know how people think here [in F1]," he told ESPN. "The first time I do well again they will be praising me and then the next bad race it will be the same. That’s F1."

Raikkonen admits he has underperformed this year, but does not put it down to a lack of pace.

"It has improved [since 2014], speed wise it is a lot better. It’s not nice, but I have to say it: it has not been a very good year. It’s still been a lot better than last year, but it’s no fun sometimes when you are having a difficult time.

"I still expect to be strong in the future and that’s what we work for. I’m sure that the changes that will be done to the car will also help. Is it enough? We will see next year. In many ways I’m much happier than last year, but still the results were not what I expect from myself.

Raikkonen said a series of small problems with the car and mistakes in the cockpit disrupted his season and meant he did not get the results his pure speed deserved.

"Obviously I made some mistakes, we had some problems and we have retired five times. If you put a lot of small things together or you have a small thing in practice it can take a lot of time out of being on circuit and not a lot of running gets done. They always disturb you and it breaks the flow of the weekend and we keep having those and the end result is not so good. We have a lot more speed than what the results show but obviously the results give you the points."

Da Espn.co.uk


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