Raikkonen and Ferrari not concerned by dip in form ahead of 2014 reunion

Kimi Raikkonen returns to Ferrari in 2014

Kimi Raikkonen returns to Ferrari in 2014

Ahead of the much anticipated 2014 reunion between Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen, both parties insist that they are not worried about each other’s worrying run of poor form.

Ferrari is ending the 2013 season as arguably only the fourth-quickest team in pitlane, after Red Bull, Mercedes and Raikkonen’s current employer, Lotus.

How is that making the Finn feel ahead of his return to Ferrari for 2014?

“Good,” the inimitable Raikkonen said in India, to the laughter of assembled reporters. “Otherwise I wouldn’t have made the decision if I didn’t think it was right for myself.”

But if the cool Finn is not worried, perhaps Ferrari is. At recent grands prix, particularly since Raikkonen’s Lotus exit was announced, the 33-year-old has been slightly off teammate Romain Grosjean’s pace.

Kimi Raikkonen with Stefano Domenicali in 2007

Kimi Raikkonen with Stefano Domenicali in 2007

“I’m not the slightest bit worried,” Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali told the Finnish broadcaster MTV3, “but of course I have been following him this season.

“He has already gained our respect, based on what he has been doing in his current team,” the Italian added.

“He is now coming to us, and I look forward to getting to work with him again,” said Domenicali, referring to Raikkonen’s first Ferrari tenure between 2007 and 2009.

Many in the paddock still find it hard to believe that Raikkonen, a former team champion, will be paired at Ferrari with ‘number 1′ Fernando Alonso next year.

That is part of the reason that the Alonso-to-McLaren reports are still alive, but another reason has been Alonso’s regular criticism of Ferrari’s form this year.

Domenicali, however, said that Ferrari can swallow most of Alonso’s comments. “To us it’s an indication that this era must end,” he acknowledged, referring to the fact that the team has not won a title since Raikkonen’s in 2007.

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“I have experienced an era similar to what we see now,” Domenicali added, referring to the dominance of Red Bull, “but if you look back, you can also see how quickly things can change.” (GMM)

  • Harys

    Dumbenicali, stop destroying Ferrari…even if you have the best drivers in the world, Ferrari will get no where if you don’t go first.

  • Changes

    Yes, how quickly things change…

    One minute your new wind tunnel is the “solution”, another minute it isn’t working again…

  • captain tortuga

    I’m kinda dissapointed in Kimi..

    He clearly went for the money to ferrari, he starts flunking out on practice, starts blocking his teammate who is a mile-and-a-half faster than him.. very mediocre all..

  • Ukwhite

    Wrong move, both Alonso and Kimi will be beaten by Vettel and Daniel. Bet a few beers for 2014.