Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Raikkonen not concerned by slow start to the season

(Scuderia Ferrari SpA via Twitter)

Kimi Raikkonen says he has no concerns about his slow start to the 2014 Formula One season and is content with his progress in the opening four Grand Prix of the season. The Finn has struggled on his return to Ferrari and last time out in China saw his team mate Fernando Alonso secure the Italian teams first podium of the season as he finished in third place behind the two Mercedes.

Raikkonen, who is in Italy later this week for the Ayrton Senna memorial has admitted that he is happy with how he has performed despite struggling with the car. Raikkonen was happier with the F14T last time out in China where the Finn finished in 8th place just behind Williams Martini Racing's Valtteri Bottas.

Raikkonen has a good record in Barcelona however, having scored two victories there in 2005 with McLaren and again in 2008 with Ferrari. Fernando Alonso also has two wins at the Circuit De Catalunya having won there last season and in 2006.

Speaking ahead of the next weekend's race in Spain, Raikkonen, who is currently in 12th place in the Driver's standings said:

'I've been here long enough to know this is how it goes sometimes. Raikkonen went on to say: 'There's lots of work to do, we've not been happy with things all the time. One day has been good there, one day in another race, but things seem to have been pretty difficult overall. Once we get a bit more knowledge we can work things out but right now it's not been the easiest races for me but that's how it goes.'

©Ben Johnston 2014

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