Räikkönen insists motivation intact despite difficult start

Räikkönen insists motivation intact despite difficult start

1 June 2014 – 2007 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen insists that his motivation is still intact despite suffering from a difficult start to his second stint with Ferrari.

Räikkönen, who moved across from Lotus to Ferrari at the start of the year, has not yet finished a race higher than seventh place and is currently in 12th in the championship, over 100 points behind leader Nico Rosberg.

"I think it is very difficult for anyone to battle with the Mercedes drivers but you never know," Räikkönen said of his title prospects.

"I would like it to be us even if that will be hard, especially for me personally, given the position in the championship. But I have always been used to fighting and together with the team, which is still hard at work on the development of the F14 T, I hope to be able to get some good results.

"As I've said, we are doing an incredible amount of work and I think we will sort out our problems, but you need time. If we manage it before the end of the season the results will come because my motivation is intact."

Räikkönen also downplayed suggestions that he has changed compared to when he emerged as world champion seven years ago.

"I have more experience compared to when I won the title and I am a few years older but I don't feel it and I still have a great desire to race," he added.

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