Allison: Unfair to say that Kimi is struggling more than Fernando

Kimi Raikkonen leads Fernando Alonso

Kimi Raikkonen leads Fernando Alonso

Kimi Raikkonen’s return to Fwerrari has hardly been stellar, and it appears that he is struggling to match teammate Fernando Alonso.In general his stock is taking a hammering, but Technical Director James Allison says that the perception of the Iceman this season is unfair.

Speaking to the media in Monaco Allison said, “It’s not entirely fair to say that he’s struggling more than Fernando, they both have similar feedback on the car,” he said. “There are aspects of this year’s rules that make the cars across the pit lane not easy for the drivers.”

“There is a lot more torque from the engine, there is a lot less aerodynamic grip and the tyres are deliberately a bit less aggressive than they were last year. All of that means that the cars are quite a handful to drive and not easy for anyone at the front or back of the grid.”

Kimi Raikkonen in Moanco with girlfriend Minttu Virtanen

Kimi Raikkonen in Moanco with girlfriend Minttu Virtanen

“The sort of problems that Kimi has under traction and under braking, all those problems are pretty much the same as Fernando and I imagine similar to those experienced around the teams, it’s just that he’s going a little bit slower than Fernando. But that gap is closing as the year progresses.”

The Ferrari F14T has done its drivers no favours and as a result the Maranello outfit are currently going through a lean period, not having won a race since Spain last year, while this year Alonso has only once finished on the podium and Raikkonen has yet to visit the podium – his best results to date a trio of seventh place finishes. (GP247)

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