“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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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.”
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.”
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Kimi Raikkonen is set for a change of race engineer at the Ferrari Formula 1 team next year, with former Marussia chief engineer David Greenwood likely to get the role.
Greenwood has already been recruited by Ferrari following the recent collapse of Marussia.
He made his first appearance with his new Maranello team at last week’s Abu Dhabi test, although his exact role for 2015 is still being specified. Greenwood is likely to replace Antonio Spagnolo as Raikkonen’s race engineer. Spagnolo is set for a factory role.
Raikkonen is known to get on well with British engineers, and amid his difficult 2014 campaign, Ferrari called upon David Lloyd mid-season to try to help improve communication between the Finnish driver and his engineers.
It has already been confirmed that new Ferrari signing Sebastian Vettel will be engineered by Riccardo Adami, who previously worked with the German at Toro Rosso.
Former Ferrari race engineer Andrea Stella, who worked with Fernando Alonso, is switching to McLaren with the Spanish driver.
Although Stella will work in a race engineering role initially, it is understood that the long-term plan is for him to take on a wider role within the Woking-based team.