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.
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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