Mattiacci: Raikkonen will return to being a great

Kimi Raikkonen's star will shine again predicts Ferrari F1 boss

Kimi Raikkonen’s star will shine again predicts Ferrari F1 boss

Newly instated Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci insists that he is not afraid of making changes to put the legendary Maranello squad back on the track to victory, and is adamant that under pressure Kimi Raikkonen will rise to the top again.

His predecessor Stefano Domenicali has already gone, and the latest paddock report is that engine chief Luca Marmorini could be the next to pay the price for the fabled Italian marque’s poor start to the new V6 era.

“I will not name names,” Mattiacci was quoted by Autosprint at Silverstone, as he refused to rule out personnel changes. He insisted, however, that the struggling Kimi Raikkonen is safe despite being comprehensively out-performed by Fernando Alonso in the sister F14T

“Kimi is a great champion,” said Mattiacci, who already has the Finn under contract for 2015. “It makes no sense to talk about a problem of the individual, it is a problem of the team as a whole. He will return to being a great.”

Kimi Raikkonen has Ferrari support to get back to his winning ways

Kimi Raikkonen has full Ferrari support to get back to his winning ways

In other areas, however, Mattiacci said Ferrari need to “change the mentality” and “take more risks”.

Leading that charge, he said, will be technical boss James Allison, who made his name by producing innovative Lotus cars on a much smaller budget.

“He’s my right arm,” smiled Mattiacci. Siding so strongly with Allison appears to have marginalised Ferrari’s other technical chief, Pat Fry.

But he said that Ferrari’s current problems date back to choices made in “past years” – including the once troubled wind tunnel, and not focusing strongly enough on computer simulation.

The biggest issue is the V6 turbo power unit said Mattiacci, “If Williams is so strong today, the predominant factor is the engine. And I do not think Red Bull is in a crisis. Give me time to work, he rounded off.” (GMM)