Räikkönen not expecting major difference

Räikkönen not expecting major difference

20 January 2014 – Returning Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen is not expecting this year's technical regulation changes to have as much of an effect on the handling of cars as some paddock figures have recently suggested.

Turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engines, revised aerodynamics and chassis tweaks are all part of the sport's latest overhaul, while a restriction on fuel usage will add another crucial strategic element to race weekends.

But Räikkönen, who has been gaining simulator mileage ahead of the opening pre-season test at Jerez, said during a video interview on Ferrari's website that he does not foresee major differences behind the wheel.

"My feeling is that it's not going to be as different as people think, but I might be wrong," he explained.

"Hopefully we'll find out that it's pretty simple. For sure it is difficult for all the technical people to make a new engine, new gearbox, all this stuff, but as a driver it's not affecting the driving so much I don't think.

"We have new buttons and things to follow, but let's wait and see. It'll be much easier to say after the first test."

Räikkönen, who remains Ferrari's latest title winner with his dramatic 2007 triumph, went on to explain that winning both World Championships is the only thing on his and the Maranello-based outfit's agenda.

"It's the only thing that you try to do – to win the championships. Hopefully as a team we can do that," he said.

"It's going to be a long and difficult season, especially with the new rules. It's hard to say who is where and how it's going to be, but there are a lot of good people in the team and a lot of knowledge.

"We have to do the best and see where we end up. But there's every chance that we can do very well."

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