Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen, the oldest driver on the Formula One grid, has vowed to improve this year and fight for the title. The Finn’s relative performance in the past few seasons compared to Ferrari team mate Sebastian Vettel has been disappointing. Despite failing to win in 2017 while Sebastian Vettel brought home five victories, the 2007 world champion has retained the Scuderia’s trust. But inevitably better results are expected from the Iceman this season.
“Obviously I want to be fighting for the championship this year.” – Kimi said, as reported earlier today by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport – “I think personally we started (2017) pretty badly — we were not really happy with the setup and it took quite a long time to figure it out. After that it was better but then we had too many DNFs for different reasons. But I think as a team we came a long way, obviously not enough for what we want but I think we have all the tools. We just need to tidy up things and not make mistakes and not have issues on any side either as drivers or the team. Obviously we start from zero now so hopefully we will be up there.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s Finnish driver concluded, as reported by the Italian media.
Kimi Raikkonen will also inherit a new race engineer for the 2018 Formula One championship after the departure of David Greenwood, the man who had been guiding the Finn in the past three years at the Maranello team. For the moment, Scuderia Ferrari has yet to name David Greenwood’s successor but Toro Rosso’s Marco Matassa, who oversaw Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly at the Faenza-based outfit, is seen as a top contender for the job.