Ferrari: We need to help Kimi in trying to find the right balance with the car

Kimi Raikkonen walks away from his wrecked Ferrari after crashing in Melbourne qualifying

Kimi Raikkonen walks away from his wrecked Ferrari after crashing in Melbourne qualifying

Late last year Stefano Domenicali was instrumental in luring Kimi Raikkonen back to Ferrari, but in Melbourne the Finn was a shadow of the man who scooped the team’s last world title back in 2007 and the team boss is adamant that they will get the Finn back on the right track.

Domenicali acknowledged there was a problem in the wake of the season opening Australian Grand Prix, “I think we need to help Kimi in trying to find the right balance with the car, helping him because he deserves that. I think there was an improvement during the days [in Melbourne].”

“We are still not where we want, because this is something that as a team we want to make sure that everything will be done in order to help his driving style. I’m also sure that for Malaysia [we] will be much better,” predicted Domenicali.

Kimi Raikkonen with Stefano Domenicali

Kimi Raikkonen with Stefano Domenicali

After the Albert Park season-opener, in his typical forthright manner, Raikkonen did not avoid the issue and admitted, “I’ve been in this game for quite a while now and I can say this is definitely not the first time that I’ve gone through a difficult first race weekend.”

“We identified some general problems which we have to tackle in Maranello and there are other aspects linked to the set-up on my car to do with the brake-by-wire system.”

“Getting this device working correctly is definitely something that contributes to the general feeling from the car,” added Raikkonen who last year won the season opener with Lotus.

Raikkonen concluded after his woeful weekend in Australia, “We have to stay calm. The team is united, we know what we have to do and how to go about finding more performance. We also know this development process will not happen overnight.” (GP247)

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  • Nowhereman

    Wow, Kimi with some PC ala Ferrari…..lol
    Lets see how long he puts up with it.

  • Boycottthebull

    This is nothing new. The blind Kimi fans can never come to terms that he is only a decent driver when the car is set up to a very narrow window that suits hi perfectly. He cannot adapt himself to the situation. Its make worse by his poor work ethic that he doesnt spent much time with the team out of race hours to set the car up closer to how he needs it. Made worse is the fact that that some rules and specifications mean the car will always be outside his comfort window and he will never drive it well. Thats what this season will be for him. Alonso does make the most of the car he he is given and hence why he will always be in front at Ferrari.

  • Amos James

    I think kimi is blindingly fast when his car is perfect. But, yes… I generally agree with your statement.

  • 1123Marybeth

    If Domenicali wants to win, all the has to do is make Kimi his 1st driver, as Todt did…or at least give Kimi a car equal to FA’s. I know the strategy is to get FA way ahead in points to Kimi by keeping KR in a non-winning car, & then later justify telling KR that ‘FA is faster than you’ so he has to move over, but still, Ferrari needs to make a year of changes if they want to go back to their winning ways, as they did in 2007. Kimi IS the better driver, why hobble him…? if you really want the championship. If you don’t, keep him behind FA. Fortunately, Kimi enjoys a challenge & he is a street scrapper on the track. He has a championship & he is getting paid. He can just sit back & enjoy whatever comes this year. :)

  • http://bryanvcpalacio.weebly.com brianne

    one race has passed and the car is not equal already? putting him in a non winning car to get Alonso ahead is just pure comedy as they could have just kept massa who is cheaper and will “always be ready” to bow down to Alonso.

  • 1123Marybeth

    Brianne, Both Domenicali & Allison said
    after the race that they would have to get Kimi’s car up to FA’s quality of
    car. That FA’s car was the one used in testing & had all of the
    refining work done on it & not Kimi’s. Here are some of the comments
    from others that I gleaned:
    ankitnp17 says 16/03/14 11:09am I’m
    not sure whether im the only one that noticed but Kimi’s DRS was not activated
    at times when he was in the DRS window.
    Skysports.com worknman24hours – Mar 16, 2014
    at 12:50 PM Kimi’s car was ass happy all
    day
    long.
    Whether it was the regen braking ,the rear diff engagement settings or a
    suspension setup deal or the new tires, everytime Kimi came down to stop that
    car,it acted differently every darn time. Kudos
    to Kimi for driving the crap out of the evil handling little Italian pig and
    not binning it every lap. Yahoo.com

  • Stoner

    When there is no new news, Recycle OLD NEWS, make these trolls happy..

  • Stoner

    And you can never come to terms that Kimi is a very good driver who can be blindingly fast when the car is right. Alonso may have got better results in a bad car, but it was never a case where he was fastest than everyone else on the grid while he was driving a bad car. People talk like he has outright won against other on the grid with a bad car.
    Everybody knows that in Formula 1 when you have a bad car, you never beat the best guy. Alonso had bad races as well when beaten by Massa last year, in those races his performance was mediocre and uninteresting.

  • 1123Marybeth

    Both Domenicali & Allison said after the race that they
    would have to get Kimi’s car up to FA’s quality of car. That FA’s car was
    the one used in testing & had all of the refining work done on it & not
    Kimi’s. Kimi’s had electrical system problems, his DRS did not
    open the back end wanted to come around, etc….

  • Amos James

    Kimi had two seasons where he was beaten by massa….. just saying. Flame away, fanboi

  • Amos James

    The kimi fanbois are always good for a laugh 😀

  • Amos James

    Hahahahah… just making up stuff, now.

    Kimi says it was just set up. Are u calling kimi a liar?

  • Stoner

    This troll ^ ^ ^ ^ is all over this website

  • Stoner

    oh is it, just 2 seasons, so actually Kimi beat Massa in the remaining other seasons from 2002 till date, much more that Massa’s 2. and in the last 2 seasons, Kimi in his inferior Lotus beat Massa in his Ferrari where he raced for god knows how many years. So according to you logic, your comments are baseless like you are

  • Amos James

    This troll ^^^^ is all over this website

  • Amos James

    They were only team mates for three years… and what happened there?

    The lotus was the second best car on the grid, too.