Raikkonen summoned to Maranello

Kimi Raikkonen has not had much to smile about this season

Kimi Raikkonen has not had much to smile about this season

Kimi Raikkonen was summoned to Maranello, after an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, as Ferrari strive to bring the under-performing Finn up to speed in the troublesome F14T.

Raikkonen has struggled since his return to the Scuderia, he has been trounced by teammate Fernando Alonso and in fact the Iceman is on average 0.32 of a second slower than his teammate so far this year and is 60 points adrift of the man in the garage next to him.

Ferrari reported that on Tuesday “the Finn spoke with president Luca di Montezemolo and team principal Marco Mattiacci before having meetings with his race engineer Antonio Spagnolo and technical director James Allison.”

Details of the chat between Raikkonen, Montezemolo and Mattiacci were not available at time of writing.

The report added, “There were many items on the agenda, including a look at the development programme to be continued race by race for the rest of the season and Raikkonen was able to supply additional information of use to the engineers, while there was also time for Kimi to acquaint himself with the 2015 car.”

Kimi Raikkonen has been outperformed by teammate Fernando Alonso

Kimi Raikkonen has been outperformed by teammate Fernando Alonso

“Work on this project goes on in parallel, while also learning from this year’s programme, given that the stability of the technical regulations for next year means that any technical shortcomings can be spotted in time, from looking at this year’s car data.”

Raikkonen said after his visit to the team’s headquarters, “It’s been useful coming here to Maranello to talk with my engineers. We know how much we need to improve and now we are looking ahead to the next race.”

“Silverstone is a track with a great tradition and on top of that, the fans are very knowledgeable and they are happy to support you whatever team you drive for,” observed the driver who won the 2007 edition of the race for Ferrari on his way to his first and only world title.

“The track has changed a bit in recent years, but I like it a lot, as all the very fast corners make it very challenging. It often rains, which means it can all become a lottery, but it’s the same for everyone. All I can say is that, as usual, we will be trying our best,” added Raikkonen. (GP247)