Grosjean thinks Raikkonen is lacking confidence

Romain Grosjean with Kimi Raikkonen in 2013

Romain Grosjean with Kimi Raikkonen in 2013

Romain Grosjean is not quite sure exactly what is impacting Kimi Raikkonen’s form at Ferrari, but believes his former Lotus teammate could be suffering with lack of confidence.

When asked by media what he thought was afflicting Raikkonen, who has been comprehensively outperformed by Fernando Alonso at the Maranello outfit this year, Grosjean said, “I know what he doesn’t like and I think this year’s tyres don’t suit him very well. He needs a good front end and there tyres don’t give him that feeling. It’s hard to explain but it just changes a little bit your confidence.”

In the final months of their partnership at Lotus Grosjean started outshining Raikkonen on track and the Frnechman was asked to compare the relationship he had then with the Finn to his current teammate Pastor Maldonado.

“It’s fairly different. Pastor is a nice guy and a father so we can speak about different things off track, which I didn’t have with Kimi because we didn’t have any common points on that one.”

“The work relationship is pretty similar, even though I speak a little bit more with Pastor in the briefings than I did with Kimi. Kimi was very interesting to have as a team-mate because in that car he was performing very well and doing a very good job, so it was nice to have him on board,” added Grosjean.