Räikkönen aiming for second F1 title
25 January 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen has reiterated that he is glad he has re-joined Ferrari for the 2014 F1 season and has said he will be gunning to repeat what he managed with the Scuderia back in 2007, when he won the Drivers’ title.
“It is nice to come back to the Ferrari team and the place where I won my championship in 2007,” he told Ferrari’s official website following the official launch of the Ferrari F14 T on Saturday. “Obviously the aim is the same. We want to do the best that we can and try and win races and try and win world championships. Time will tell whether that will happen. But definitely we will be fighting for it.”
“Fernando [Alonso] and I will obviously both try very hard. We both want to win and bring the championships back to Ferrari,” added the Finn. “But I would say there are a lot of other things – especially with the new rules – that will effect if results are going to be what we want.
“I think we are both more than capable of being up there and fighting for the championship though.”
Räikkönen missed the final two races last year after having to undergo surgery on his back and he said that decision was the right one.
“Did I miss driving F1 cars [and not doing the events in Texas and Interlagos]? Not really,” he continued. “It was nice to have a break. I had to have a small operation done and didn’t really have a choice. I wanted to be 100 per cent and as pain free as possible for the coming season.
"I think it was a good choice and the only choice really to have this thing done. I think we will get enough running and driving in F1 this season.”
Also on Saturday:
- Ferrari presents new F14 T Formula 1 car
- Alonso: It is up to us to deliver
- Domenicali: Ferrari must not crack