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."