Sebastian Vettel and I would push Ferrari in right direction: Kimi Raikkonen
Former Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen today said that the inclusion of Sebastian Vettel will certainly help them revive Ferrari's fortunes in the Championship nexte year, after a disappointing end to the 2014 season.
Abu Dhabi: Former Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen today said that the inclusion of Sebastian Vettel will certainly help them revive Ferrari's fortunes in the Championship nexte year, after a disappointing end to the 2014 season.
Ferrari struggled to a fourth-place finish in the Constructors' Championship while Raikkonen was outshone by teammate Fernando Alonso in the just-concluded season.
"This year was a difficult one me, for the team. Ferrari normally expects to win championships," Raikkonen told reporters on the sidelines of the Ferrari Challenge 2014 at the Yas Marina Circuit here.
Multiple-time World Champion Vettel joined Ferrari last month, replacing Alonso, and Raikkonen was looking forward to pairing up with the German.
"He (Vettel) has not changed since he signed. He is the same old friend of mine. With the help of the team, we will try and push Ferrari in the right direction and to the position it deserves," Raikkonen, who won the 2007 F1 Drivers championships in 2007 and the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, said.
The Finn, who had in the past, apart from his driving, also made headlines for his earnings, believes the team has made the right changes for the 2015 season.
"A lot of changes have been done already for next year. We have the right people to build a good car, we can go back to the good times again."
"Next year, the car will be a lot better as a package. Let's wait and see. I am sure the future will be bright. We have to believe in what we are doing, it will take some time."
"It's been a difficult year like I had said but if we are fighting for anything less the championship, then it's not a good year. It will improve next year and Ferrari will be where it should be," Raikkonen, who finished a disappointing 12th in the 2014 season, said.
The team has undergone major changes this year, chief among them Marco Mattiacci being appointed Team Principal in April before being replaced by Maurizio Arrivabene at the end of the year. However, Raikkonen is confident the restructure within the team during the season will pay off in 2015.
The team has undergone major changes this year, chief among them being appointing Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal at the end of the season. Raikkonen is confident the restructuring will pay off in 2015.
"Next year, time will tell how the package is. The new team principal is a very good guy, I know him from the past, he is the right man to be involved with Ferrari and with good atmosphere it will help in pushing the team in the right direction.
"I am 100 per cent sure we have the right people, we need to work as a team,? the 35-year-old Raikkonen, who had returned for his second stint at Ferrari in 2012, said.