Kimi: Nice friendly fight with Vettel

Date published: May 6 2015 - Editor

Although pushing to beat each other out on track, Kimi Raikkonen says he's having a "nice friendly fight" with new team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

To date Vettel has got the better of the Finn, beating him in three of this year's four grands prix including one race, Malaysia, where the German finished ahead of the entire field.

Raikkonen pulled one back last time out in Bahrain when he finished P2, his first podium of this season, while Vettel was fifth.

It has been a marked improvement for Ferrari, who last year managed just two podiums the entire campaign.

And part of that, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has stated, is because of the relationship between the new driver pairing.

Sharing his thoughts on his relationship with his team-mate, Raikkonen told CNN's The Circuit: "The feeling inside the team is just great. We are trying to get Ferrari in a winning position every weekend.

"We know each other. He's a very normal guy and he's easy to work with.

"There's no politics, if there's something wrong we can say to each other and work it out."

He added: "We are trying to beat each other.

"But it's a nice friendly fight and it's great for the team. The whole atmosphere inside the team is great."

As for his future and whether or not he'll be a Ferrari driver in 2016, Raikkonen says "yes, of course" he wants to stay on.

He added: "They know very well what I would like to do, and we have a very good understanding but until there is something 100% you don't know.

"We all know what we want to achieve this year and in the future."