Kimi chasing second first win

Sunday 09-March-2014 09:27

Upon his Ferrari return, Kimi Raikkonen will be looking to repeat his 2007 Australian GP feat by winning the first race in his new Ferrari stint.

Back in 2007, Raikkonen joined an elite group that now includes Juan Manuel Fangio, Mario Andretti and Fernando Alonso by winning on his Ferrari debut.

It was a great grand prix for the Finn and kick started his Championship quest, which concluded with a victory at the season-ending Brazilian GP and a World title.

"I remember very well my first win with Ferrari," Raikkonen told "It couldn't have been a better start to my seventh year in Formula 1, with a dominant win from pole.

"Winning always feels great for me. Nothing could be better. Last year, we also managed to win, which certainly surprised people because unlike 2007, at Lotus we weren't favourites.

"So, if I had to compare the two Australian wins, somehow, winning it last year for the second time felt even a little bit nicer after such a difficult pre-season testing period.

"Australia is a great place to start the season, Melbourne is a wonderful city and, for us Europeans it always feels a bit special to be in this different part of the world. Only the weather is not always that nice.

"I can remember only one GP here where there was sunshine all the time. Of course, I'd prefer dry and hot weekends, especially this year with a completely new car and so many technical aspects still to be understood completely."

However, whether the 34-year-old and his team-mate Alonso will be in line for this year's Australian GP win is anyone's guess.

"Making predictions has never been my habit," said Raikkonen, "and this year there is even more reason not to.

"We are heading Down Under with brand new cars and I reckon it is wide open and anything can happen. In Maranello, we have worked hard and the F14 T seems to be a good car, but the track will tell who is quickest.

"When we start running to see where we are, we will at least have some data to give us a starting point."

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