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'Kimi is closing the gap to Alonso'

Saturday 24-May-2014 08:18

Kimi Raikkonen may be trailing Fernando Alonso in the stats but Ferrari technical director James Allison says he is closing the gap out on track.

Returning to Ferrari this season, Raikkonen has had a bit of a difficult time adjusting.

Out-qualified by his team-mate three-to-two, Raikkonen has yet to better Alonso on a grand prix Sunday.

As a result, while the Spaniard is sitting third in the Championship on 49 points, Raikkonen has netted just 17.

Allison, though, is confident that the 2007 World Champion is closing the gap.

"It's not entirely fair to say that he's struggling more than Fernando, they both have similar feedback on the car," said the tech director.

"There are aspects of this year's rules that make the cars across the pit lane not easy for the drivers.

"There is a lot more torque from the engine, there is a lot less aerodynamic grip and the tyres are deliberately a bit less aggressive than they were last year.

"All of that means that the cars are quite a handful to drive and not easy for anyone at the front or back of the grid.

"The sort of problems that Kimi has under traction and under braking, all those problems are pretty much the same as Fernando and I imagine similar to those experienced around the teams, it's just he's going a little bit slower than Fernando.

"But that gap is closing as the year progresses."

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