Ho ho ho… horrible season is behind us. But there were few good news; Kimi and Minttu’s baby on the way, Kimi is in F1 for at least another year (and he said 2016 is possible!), his best F1 buddy Vettel is partnering him at Ferrari and… that’s about it. Yep, not much to cheer about in 2014. But 2015 should, will be, a different story.
So wherever you guys are, I’m wishing you a peaceful and reflective time as 2014 comes to an end, also wishing all the best in your endeavours and persevere through your trials, as light is always at the end of the tunnel.
I came up with this picture because it sums up Kimi’s year pretty well – quite a stumble (of his hands and feet in the F14T, let’s say!)
Kimi Raikkonen will need to prove in 2015 that he deserves another year at Ferrari.
That is the warning of new Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene, following recent reports that the Finnish driver wants to stay at Maranello not only next year but perhaps also in 2016.
35-year-old Raikkonen, however, struggled notably on his return to the Maranello team from Lotus this season, with a points haul one third the size of Fernando Alonso’s and not a single podium appearance.
“Last season was difficult for Kimi,” Arrivabene is quoted by Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper, “but that does not mean that he has lost his speed.
“He is a former world champion, and more importantly he won the title driving a Ferrari.
“I want to emphasise that next season Kimi needs the time to show that he is capable, and after that it will be possible to make a decision about the future.”
Raikkonen’s teammate in 2015 will be his friend Sebastian Vettel, F1’s quadruple consecutive world champion for Red Bull between 2010 and 2013.
“For sure,” Arrivabene insisted, “drivers are not a problem for us.”
[ Source: f1zone.net ]
“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 ]
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 ]