Allison: Raikkonen is slower than Fernando at the moment

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Kimi Raikkonen is simply driving slower than his Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso this season, according to the Maranello team’s Technical Director James Allison, amid reports that the 2007 world champion is finding the F14T is not suited to his style.

The new rivalry between Raikkonen and Spaniard Alonso was billed as a likely highlight of 2014, but the Finn has been soundly beaten so far.

And ahead of Canada, where Raikkonen – the oldest driver on the grid – will mark his 200th career grand prix, Allison denied that bad luck or a specific technical explanation is at the root of the 34-year-old’s current issues.

Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 11 May 2014.

“I’m not sure it’s entirely fair to say he is struggling more than Fernando,” the Briton is quoted by the Telegraph.

Allison said every driver in Formula 1 is grappling with similar problems aboard this year’s high-torque, low grip cars.

“That means they are quite a handful to drive, not too breezy for anyone, be that at the front or back of the grid,” he said.

“The problems Kimi has with the car under braking, downshifting, are the same as Fernando, and pretty much the same as being experienced by other drivers at other teams.

“He’s just going a little slower than Fernando at the moment, but that gap is closing as the year progresses,” added Allison. (GMM)

 

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