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Mattiacci: Kimi has arrived

Saturday 30-August-2014 11:50

Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci believes Kimi Raikkonen is finally showing his true potential following a difficult start to the 2014 season.

Having rejoined Ferrari from Lotus at the start of this year, the 2007 World Champion has struggled to replicate his form from last year during the first 10 races.

However, there were signs of improvement in Hungary when he came from 17th on the grid to finish sixth and then followed it up with a P4 in Belgium - his best result this season.

"He is one of the most talented drivers. We have had a bit of an issue delivering an outstanding car, but the team is all behind him and we have seen from his races in Hungary and Belgium that he has arrived," Mattiacci told the official Formula 1 website.

The Italian is also confident Ferrari have a good strategy to return to the top following a couple of lean years.

"We have a very clear strategy and a very clear timeline. Like all serious managers you have to try to do the utmost to shorten this scenario," he said.

"But Formula One is not soccer. It's not a case of changing one or two players and the coach and the next season you are winning. This is a very competitive environment with the most sophisticated engineering in the world and with great talents to contribute to it. We know that we have a lot of work to do, but we are starting from a very solid platform. I have found incredible assets in this company. We have the most talented couple of drivers, we have a tradition of over 60 years, and an impressive obsession to come back and win."

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