Räikkönen: It is wide open in Australia

Räikkönen: It is wide open in Australia

6 March 2014 – Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen says the battle for supremacy at next weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix is "wide open", following the trio of tests with Formula 1's new turbocharged machines.

The Finn, who is preparing to compete in Ferrari colours for the first time since the end of 2009, reckons his team finds itself in a good position ahead of the 2014 campaign, but he is unwilling to make predictions.

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

Räikkönen heads to Melbourne as the most recent winner at the venue, having carved his way through the field for Lotus last year. It was also the scene of his maiden Ferrari victory at the start of the 2007 season.

"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 1, with a dominant win from pole. Winning always feels great for me. Nothing could be better.

"Last year, we also managed to win, which surprised people because unlike 2007, at Lotus we weren't favourites. So, if I had to compare the two wins, somehow, winning it last year for the second time felt even a little bit nicer."

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Sunday 21 September 2014

  2. Video: Hill, Herbert become mechanics 10:44

    Video: Hill, Herbert become mechanics

    Watch as Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert become Marussia mechanics for a practice session in Singapore.

    F1
  3. Hamilton: Rosberg relations 'back to normal' 10:41

    Hamilton: Rosberg relations 'back to normal'

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says that his relationship with team-mate Nico Rosberg is 'back to normal' following the...

    F1
  4. 10:11

    Photos: Historic F1 race in Singapore

    F1
  5. Grosjean hits out at Renault problems 07:02

    Grosjean hits out at Renault problems

    Romain Grosjean has hit out at continual Renault problems, which he says are having a negative impact on the morale of his...

    F1
  6. Video of the Day: Formula 1's Safety Car 05:03

    Video of the Day: Formula 1's Safety Car

    There has never been a Singapore Grand Prix without the appearance of Formula 1's Safety Car. Ahead of the night race,...

    F1
  7. Pérez sure of Force India race recovery 01:04

    Pérez sure of Force India race recovery

    Force India driver Sergio Pérez says he is sure that he can recover from a lowly grid spot and notch up a top 10 finish in...

    F1
  8. 00:35

    Starting grid for the Singapore Grand Prix

    F1
  9. Saturday 20 September 2014

  10. Massa encouraged by Williams improvements 18:32

    Massa encouraged by Williams improvements

    Felipe Massa says he is encouraged by the progress which Williams has made since Friday's practice sessions after qualifying...

    F1
  11. 17:25

    Latest F1 photos: Saturday in Singapore

    F1
  12. Magnussen seeks help from Safety Car 17:24

    Magnussen seeks help from Safety Car

    Kevin Magnussen says he is hoping to see the Safety Car called into action during Sunday evening's Singapore Grand...

    F1
  13. Alonso hopeful of fighting for victory 17:09

    Alonso hopeful of fighting for victory

    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso is hopeful that he will be able to challenge for victory during Sunday's Singapore Grand...

    F1
  14. Vettel reckons pole position was possible 16:42

    Vettel reckons pole position was possible

    Sebastian Vettel feels he could have had a shot at claiming pole position in Singapore with a cleaner final qualifying...

    F1
  15. Rosberg ruing late change of brakes 16:16

    Rosberg ruing late change of brakes

    Nico Rosberg was left to rue a change of brakes after Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton beat him to pole position in...

    F1
  16. Hamilton pleased to recover from early error 15:57

    Hamilton pleased to recover from early error

    Lewis Hamilton says he was pleased with his recovery after an early error threatened to ruin his final qualifying attempt in...

    F1
  17. 15:08

    Singapore GP: Qualifying results in full

    F1
  18. Hamilton pips Rosberg to Singapore pole 15:07

    Hamilton pips Rosberg to Singapore pole

    Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to pole position during a tight qualifying session in Singapore, with...

    F1
  19. 13:52

    Follow qualifying for the Singapore GP!

    F1
  20. 12:16

    Singapore GP: Full Free Practice 3 results

    F1
  21. Alonso back on top in final Singapore practice 12:03

    Alonso back on top in final Singapore practice

    Fernando Alonso returned to the head of the field during final practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, putting his Ferrari...

    F1
  22. 10:55

    Follow final practice for the Singapore GP!

    F1
  23. Full radio ban delayed to ensure 'fairness' 10:31

    Full radio ban delayed to ensure 'fairness'

    The FIA backtracked on its plans to introduce a full radio clampdown in Singapore to ensure "fairness". After announcing...

    F1
  24. Video: Maldonado crashes out of practice 09:56

    Video: Maldonado crashes out of practice

    Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado suffered this heavy crash during Friday evening's second practice session in Singapore. The...

    F1
  25. Maldonado gets new chassis after crash 09:49

    Maldonado gets new chassis after crash

    Pastor Maldonado has been forced to switch to a new chassis for the remainder of the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, after...

    F1
  26. 07:06

    Photos: Historic F1 action in Singapore

    F1
  27. Ravetto: Caterham already working on 2015 06:01

    Ravetto: Caterham already working on 2015

    Newly-appointed Caterham Team Principal Manfredi Ravetto insists that there are long-term plans in place at the outfit,...

    F1
  28. Video of the Day: Wind tunnel guide - Part 8 05:00

    Video of the Day: Wind tunnel guide - Part 8

    Sauber's Head of Aerodynamics, Willem Toet, concludes his talk on the science of F1 wind tunnel design.

    F1
  29. Friday 19 September 2014

  30. Ferrari reasonably competitive, says Alonso 19:49

    Ferrari reasonably competitive, says Alonso

    Fernando Alonso reckons that Ferrari put in a "reasonably competitive" performance during Friday's free practice sessions...

    F1
  31. Button sure of 'decent opportunity' for McLaren 18:39

    Button sure of 'decent opportunity' for McLaren

    Jenson Button believes that this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix presents a "decent opportunity" for McLaren as the team bids...

    F1
  32. Pirelli admits tyre gap bigger than expected 18:17

    Pirelli admits tyre gap bigger than expected

    F1 tyre supplier Pirelli admits that the time difference between its supplied compounds in Singapore has been larger than it...

    F1
  33. Vettel praises mechanics for 'massive job' 18:02

    Vettel praises mechanics for 'massive job'

    Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has praised his mechanics for the work they completed between practice sessions in...

    F1
  34. Rosberg positive despite ruined attempt 17:37

    Rosberg positive despite ruined attempt

    Nico Rosberg was in a positive frame of mind after the opening day of practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, despite failing...

    F1
  35. Hamilton still not happy with car balance 17:15

    Hamilton still not happy with car balance

    Lewis Hamilton says he is still not comfortable with the handling of his car, despite topping Friday's combined timesheets...

    F1
  36. 16:48

    Latest F1 photos: Friday in Singapore

    F1
  37. Verstappen could get Suzuka practice outing 16:44

    Verstappen could get Suzuka practice outing

    Max Verstappen could take part in his first official Formula 1 session at the Japanese Grand Prix. The 16-year-old Dutch...

    F1
  38. 16:13

    Singapore GP: Full Free Practice 2 results

    F1
  39. Hamilton moves ahead in second practice 16:03

    Hamilton moves ahead in second practice

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton moved to the top of the times during Friday's second practice session for the Singapore Grand...

    F1
  40. 14:16

    Follow second practice for the Singapore GP!

    F1
  41. Ferrari paying tribute to Botín in Singapore 13:46

    Ferrari paying tribute to Botín in Singapore

    Ferrari is paying tribute to Emilio Botín in Singapore, following the death of the Santander Chairman. Botín, who passed a...

    F1
  42. Ecclestone wants third cars from 2015 13:22

    Ecclestone wants third cars from 2015

    Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone feels the sport should adopt three-car teams for 2015. With certain teams struggling...

    F1
  43. 12:50

    Singapore GP: Full Free Practice 1 results

    F1
more news