Kimi Raikkonen does not think the relationship between Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari is as bad as being perceived from the outside.
It was a bad opening weekend on and off the track for Vettel and Ferrari at the Red Bull Ring, which is also the host of the upcoming second round.
Vettel countered Ferrari’s claim that the decision for him to leave at the end of the 2020 campaign was a mutual one and that prompted Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto to claim that the global health crisis forced the team into a U-turn on keeping him.
On the track, Vettel failed to make it into Q3 and scraped a solitary point in P10 as he wrestled with a very unstable SF1000 car and recovered from a costly spin when coming into contact with his Ferrari replacement Carlos Sainz.
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From the outside looking in, it appears the cracks are already showing between the two parties as their partnership comes to an end.
But Raikkonen does not believe it will be as bad as being reported.
“Honestly, I spoke to him last weekend, quickly when we saw each other, I think it was before the start, and that’s all that I know,” Raikkonen said in Thursday’s FIA press conference, responding to a question asked by Autosport.
“I don’t know what is going on there, it’s none of my business. I think it’s unfair to comment if someone is treated badly or not, because I don’t know what is going on.
“I doubt that they have as bad relationship as people are making out.
“Obviously sometimes it goes this way, that you leave the team, or choose to leave, whichever way it is. We’ll see what happens in his future. You need to ask from him.
“I wouldn’t put too much saying how difficult it is right now after one race. It wasn’t the most easy for [Alfa Romeo] either. I’m sure they can be much stronger than they were last weekend.
Questions are also being asked as to whether Ferrari will treat the departing Vettel differently to Charles Leclerc but, based on Raikkonen’s own experience, he feels they will be treated the same way.
“I’m certain that they get exactly the same treatment, both of them,” Raikkonen said.
“It’s in their benefit to try to get the best result on both cars, so I don’t see why they would do anything else.”