Raikkonen: I want more fights, wheel-to-wheel battles, racing should be exciting again

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Formula 1’s man of few words Kimi Raikkonen has been quoted as lamenting the end of Formula 1’s more exciting days.

The Finn went into the 2014 season playing down the likely impact of the sweeping 2014 rules, featuring limited fuel and quieter, energy recovery-dominated turbo V6 engines.

Raikkonen has however struggled for form since returning to Ferrari to race the Italian marque’s 2014 car, and he is quoted by Austria’s Laola1 as yearning for a bigger thrill.

“The racing itself should be more exciting again,” Raikkonen said. At 34 he is one of Formula 1’s oldest active drivers.

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“I want more fights, real wheel-to-wheel battles, but that’s not so easy when at the same time you want to bring in sophisticated cars.”

As for his personal struggle with the new Formula 14-T car, Raikkonen added: “It doesn’t fit my style yet but that’s not a disaster, at least I can still collect points.”

Raikkonen’s struggle and his aversion to the ‘new’ Formula 1 could ramp up reports that he might not stay around on the grid much beyond 2014.

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali was photographed meeting in the paddock with Red Bull‘s reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel not once, but twice last weekend in Malaysia.

Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday 30 March 2014.

Domenicali played down the reports to the official F1 website, “We as Ferrari are very pleased with what we have, and I am sure that Sebastian is also pleased with his situation because it looks as if he can fight again.”

Unlike Raikkonen, apparently much happier in 2014 is Formula 1’s other 34-year-old, Jenson Button, who is set to mark his 250 th Grand Prix this weekend in Bahrain.

“The positives of a guy my age outweigh the negatives,” he was quoted on Wednesday by British newspapers. “So maybe the best years are to come.” (GMM)

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