Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014

Raikkonen expects “wide open” start to season

2014 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Bahrain, 2014Kimi Raikkonen predicts the first race of the year will be “wide open” despite Mercedes seeming to have the upper hand in pre-season testing.

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

“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.”

Raikkonen took his most recent F1 win in the season-opening race last year, as he also did during his first season with Ferrari four years ago.

“I remember very well my first win with Ferrari,” he said, “it couldn’t have been a better start to my seventh year in Formula One, with a dominant win from pole.”

“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.”

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