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Raikkonen will come good - Ferrari

Wednesday 7th May 2014

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Raikkonen will come good - Ferrari

Raikkonen will come good - Ferrari

Ferrari are confident that Kimi Raikkonen will start delivering results for the Maranello team sooner rather than later, despite the Finn's mediocre start to the year.

Raikkonen has been outpaced by team-mate Fernando Alonso for the majority of the year, with a seventh place in the season-opener in Australia his best result.

After four races, the 2007 Drivers' Championship winner has only 11 points, while Alonso is third overall behind the Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton with 41 points.

It has been suggested that Raikkonen perhaps isn't as motivated as he should be and though the Finn quickly quashed those claims, undoubtedly he has been below his best so far this year.

Technical Director James Allison, though, remains confident that he will soon prove his class.

"With Fernando we've seen an extraordinary level of performance [this year], scavenging every possible point at every possible opportunity. Kimi is [also] working extremely well with the team, collaborating with the engineers, helping us to drive this car forwards. He has class written all over him and in a very short space of time, I'm sure we will also see the results of that on the track," Allison confirmed.

"Where did we see the real performance level of the car? Bahrain or China?

"It's a mistake to think in those terms, because it wasn't the same car at the two tracks. Between those two races, we improved the car quite substantially, so not only did the track characteristics change, so did our car," he explained.

"We are learning how to get performance out of this new set of regulations and hopefully to make this car more competitive," he continued. "The key to a successful season is to keep improving your car at every race.

"If we can do that, bringing a meaningful amount of performance to every one of those races, we will keep seeing steps forward. And that will define what is the true F14 T, not just one single race," he concluded on the eve of the start of the European season.

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