Räikkönen has matured, says Domenicali
12 February 2014 – Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has described Kimi Räikkönen as "more mature" ahead of the 2014 season, shunning suggestions that he will struggle to work with new team-mate Fernando Alonso.
Räikkönen, who spent the past two F1 campaigns at Lotus after returning from a short spell in other motor racing categories, will partner the Spaniard to form one of the most successful driver line-ups on the 2014 grid.
And although there have been suggestions that the pair will hit trouble during the season, with Räikkönen's approach previously being questioned, Domenicali says the 2007 title winner is working as hard as ever.
"He is extremely motivated and has the experience to manage a difficult championship, such as this year's will be," Domenicali told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "He knows how to handle the pressure of driving alongside Alonso and driving for Ferrari, which is always under the spotlight and for whom finishing second is a tragedy.
"He is more mature, more expert, closer to the team. He's already been to Maranello a lot; he comes here almost every week. He knows what he is capable of. He knows that this is an important challenge for him.
"He knows what he has to do with a champion like Alonso, with whom he has to work in an integrated way."
Räikkönen remains Ferrari's most recent Drivers' World Champion with his aforementioned triumph.