(Scuderia Ferrari SpA via Twitter)
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that he was surprised that team boss Stefano Domenicali has left the team. Speaking to the media in the Shanghai paddock on Thursday the Finn said:
'I think everyone is a bit surprised but obviously it was Stefano's own decision as I understand it. If he felt like that fair enough, life goes on.'
The Finn, who won the championship with Ferrari in 2007 (The last time the team won the Driver's title) went on to say:
'He was a great guy. I worked with him for many years and I spoke to him often, but that's how it goes.'
Raikkonen believes that the management at Ferrari will ensure that Marco Mattiacci's introduction to the team will be a seamless transition. The Finn admitted that he was not sure if he had met the new boss before, while team mate Fernando Alonso has asked the team's critics to give the new boss a chance.
Raikkonen believes that the team are making progress and have made improvements to the car since Bahrain and need to look at the big picture but that the outfit also know where they need to improve.
The team have some new parts for the F14T for this weekend's race in China and will have a bigger upgrade for the car for the following race in Spain in two week's time.
Marco Mattiacci will be on the Ferrari pit-wall this weekend, and the team will be hoping for a better result this weekend following their disappointing 9th and 10th place finishes last time out in Bahrain.
©Ben Johnston 2014