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Only 'positive pressure' on Raikkonen, insists Ferrari boss

  • Published on 05 Nov 2014 08:34
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  • By: Rob Veenstra
The pressure on Kimi Raikkonen to up his game is of the "positive" variety, Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci insists. It is a near-certainty that disgruntled Fernando Alonso is leaving the Maranello team, but also with a solid 2015 contract is his Finnish teammate.

Any speculation Raikkonen might also depart Ferrari, however, has been mild at best, even though Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport is questioning whether the 2007 world champion should be kept in red. That is because he has had a horror return to Ferrari this year, scoring fewer than 1 point in every 4 towards the team's total tally as Alonso utterly dominated.

Raikkonen has openly admitted he has struggled with the F14-T car, and in Austin went as far as to say he "hates" the situation. Felipe Massa, who until last year was Alonso's Ferrari teammate, suggested recently that Raikkonen is obviously struggling mentally alongside the Spaniard. "Maybe I am going mad," Raikkonen sarcastically hit back in Austin. "Losing my mind. He can say what he wants, but I know the true story."

But that doesn't mean he knows the solution. So with the quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel coming on board for 2015, intense pressure might now be building on Raikkonen's shoulders to quickly improve. "Positive pressure," insisted boss Mattiacci, according to the Spanish daily Marca. "It is important when you have pressure to always approach it positively. We know we have a problem and we have to keep working on it," he added. (GMM)

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  • There's an old saying - "Even the best dog has some fleas." Kimi seems to imply that one of the most complicated driving machines in the world can be miraculously scrubbed of every little quirk which he doesn't like. That is fantasy. What he's really saying is that he needs a ton of horsepower and downdraft to get the results he wants from a car and got used to over the past decade. That ship has sailed. Welcome to the new F1 age, Kimi. Now, either adapt or move on.

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