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Kimi insists tough season no surprise

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“Obviously with the new team I expected it to be difficult because of how things work,” said Raikkonen.

“If the car doesn’t suit you, and [I’ve had] similar situations before with Ferrari, it’s not easy to change things when certain things are not right for you.

“Over the year they have a clear plan what we have to improve to get back where Ferrari should be.

“I feel all the areas are going to make a big, big improvement.

“It’s unfortunate we’ve had this kind of year because it’s not good for me, Ferrari or fans of Ferrari, but that’s part of the game.

“It’s not the first time I’ve had difficulties – you just have to take the good out of them and make sure it does not happen for the future.”

The 2007 world champion said the bad season on his side was less important as the Ferrari had not been quick enough to fight for the title anyway.

“I have had difficult seasons before – it doesn’t matter, it is what it is,” he added.

“When you’re not fighting for the championship it makes no difference, it was just overall difficult all the time.”

[ Source: autosport.com ]

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Kimi: It was a difficult year in many areas

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Kimi Raikkonen says there are “many reasons” why Fernando Alonso had the better of him at Ferrari this season.

Alonso comfortably beat his team-mate in 2014, finishing the year with 161 points to Raikkonen’s 55 and scoring both of the podiums Ferrari managed. With Alonso having finished with a 16-3 qualifying record as well, Raikkonen conceded it had been a tough season and said he struggled with the F14 T more than his team-mate.

“There are many reasons [for finishing so far behind Alonso], but the end result is always the same,” Raikkonen told Top Gear. “It was a difficult year in many areas, and like I said if you’re fighting for anything less than the championship it’s not a very good year. As a team we had a very bad year.

“Myself… I was struggling more, but there’s no point to go into the details too much. Obviously we have to work hard in the coming years to improve and put Ferrari at the front where it should be.”

And Raikkonen acknowledged that there is a big task ahead for both himself and the team to have a more competitive 2015 season.

“It’s been a difficult year for the team. As Ferrari, we expect to be at the front, winning races and fighting for championships.

“We were pretty far away from that this year, so there’s an awful lot of work to be done.”

[ Source: crash.net ]

Kimi at Finali Mondiali in Abu Dhabi

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Kimi Raikkonen was on hand for the last day of the Finali Mondiali in Abu Dhabi. The Scuderia Ferrari driver put on a show, along with test driver Marc Gene, at the wheel of a 2009 F60, the car the Finn drove at the end of his first period as a Ferrari driver. He thrilled the crowds in the stands, with flat out acceleration runs and of course, the obligatory “doughnuts.”

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Before getting behind the wheel, the Finn spoke on a variety of topics when he met up with the journalists present. Looking back at the 2014 season and forward to the next one, Kimi had this to say: “It’s not been an easy year for me or the team. Ferrari is always expected to win races and fight at the front. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, but for the next season we laid down the basis for Scuderia Ferrari to come back to the level it should be at. There’s a lot of work to do but we know which areas we need to improve on. This job has already started and in the factory, we have everything we need, in terms of personnel and the means to make the necessary progress. All we need to do is work as a team, in the unified way that typified this team in past years. I’m sure the 2015 car will be much more competitive, although we will have to wait for the first test session to see where we really stand.”

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On the subject of changes within the team, with the arrival of Sebastian Vettel as his team-mate and Maurizio Arrivabene as Team Principal, Kimi said: “I think Maurizio is great and perfect for the role he has been given. I’ve known him from before and have seen how competent he is. I think he will bring to the team his experience and that will prove to be very beneficial. As I’ve already said, Sebastian is a friend and I’m happy to be working with him. I think we can work well together as a team, pushing each other to the limit on track for the good of the Scuderia, as we aim to get it back to where it should be.”

 

[ Source: ferrari.com | corseclienti.ferrari.com | extra quotes: ibnlive.in.com ]

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The First Time Q+A with Kimi Raikkonen

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2014 has been a year of firsts for Kimi Raikkonen, and not all of them wanted – his return to Ferrari marked his first winless Formula One season since 2006, and his first without a podium since his maiden year in 2001.

As the Finn refocuses for 2015, determined to help the Scuderia become a front-running force once more, we asked him about some of the other firsts in his life – including why he never bothered with childhood heroes, how his first big crash came in one of his first F1 tests, and why he quickly established as a child that ice hockey wasn’t for him…

Who was your first hero when you were a child?
Kimi Raikkonen:
I never had any heroes. That’s not for me.

What was the first Grand Prix you can remember watching?
KR:
I don’t know the year, but it was in the times when Keke Rosberg was driving – and then when [Mika] Hakkinen was racing. Of course you are interested when you see that some of your compatriots are racing.

How old were you when you first decided you wanted to be an F1 driver?
KR:
I wanted to do many things when I was a kid. And making it into Formula One – I didn’t really believe it was possible until I was 17 and had won some races.

When was your first big accident in a race car?
KR:
It was with Sauber at a test. One of my first outings in a Formula One Car!

What colour was your first helmet?
KR:
White – and off the shelf.

When did you win your first trophy in racing and what did it look like?
KR:
No idea, but for sure it was small. And if I dug deep enough in my house I would probably find it.

What was the first road car you drove?
KR:
It was a Lada – the family car.

Where was the first house you lived in?
KR:
Of course, the family house in Espoo.

How nervous were you on your first day of school?
KR:
I cannot remember. But for sure I have been nervous many times – also at school.

What was the first meal you ever cooked?
KR:
I guess some pasta. For sure nothing complicated. (laughs)

What was the first thing you did this morning?
KR:
Wake up!

What was the first thing you did after getting your first F1 seat?
KR:
I was happy about it. I had done a test beforehand and was not sure if I had the seat – so I was just happy.

What was the first record you bought?
KR:
It was a Guns N’ Roses cassette.

What was the first sport you participated in as a kid?
KR:
Very likely ice hockey. I think all boys in Finland play hockey at one point in their childhood. I stopped because I had to wake up so early in the morning for the training – that was not for me.

When was your first romantic kiss?
KR:
Hah! I don’t know. It must have been in school. That is way over 20 years ago…

When was the first time you were asked to sign an autograph for a fan?
KR:
Maybe it was in Formula Renault.

When did you first taste champagne?
KR:
When I raced in Europe and won – whatever race.

Which would you eat first – a piece of fruit or a piece of chocolate?
KR:
I am not into chocolate so much so very likely fruit. Candy would be a different matter… (laughs)

What was the first word you said as a baby?
KR:
My parents have told me, but I don’t remember. I am no good at remembering.

[ Source: formula1.com ]