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Bottas backs Raikkonen, reveals dismay about Monza

Jul 3, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

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Valtteri Bottas has backed compatriot Kimi Raikkonen to bounce back from a difficult start to the season and re-find his form soon.

Raikkonen re-joined Ferrari at the beginning of the season after two years with Lotus, and the move was intended to allow both the driver and the team to relive their glory days and mount a serious assault for both world championships.

However, in his first eight races back at Maranello, the Finn has scored just 19 points and has only finished as high as seventh, leading to many questions about his motivation and passion for the sport.

For Bottas, it is merely a blip, and he is confident that his fellow countryman will return to form soon.

“I think he’s okay,” he told to NBC Sports. “For sure, Fernando is giving him a hard time to him. I don’t know the things in detail but for sure he’s struggling with the way the car behaves.

“I think he’s okay. He will get there, I am sure.”

Bottas also spoke about the possible loss of Monza. Earlier this week, Bernie Ecclestone revealed that the historic circuit could be cut from the sport’s calendar as it has been a “commercial disaster”.

“It would be a real shame,” he said. “It’s a great track. I have good memories of there, I won the GP3 title in Monza. For racing, that track is just really special because there’s a lot of overtaking because of the long straights, always good fights and a lot of history. It would be a real shame.”

Bottas will be hoping to follow up his maiden F1 podium finish in Austria with a strong result this weekend at the British Grand Prix. Click here for all of the TV times and broadcasting options.

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Bottas,”he,(Kimi) is struggling with how the car behaves.”

    True that.

    Raikonen thrives when the car is consistent in the way it brakes and the throttle comes on.

    The new cars already kill that by the bizarre multi phase braking and throttle on behavior.

    Add to that the Ferrari system appears to depend on the driver to shift through the various power modes way too much -not just per lap but per turn-and that takes the knife edge that Kimi used to use to pummel opponents away from him.

    Fernando is giving a tour de force driving lesson to the rest of the field this year because he’s probably working harder per lap then any other driver in the field per lap just getting the results that his Ferrari exercise machine is giving him each race.

    Gets a little tiring just WATCHING Kimi have to make three turns to get that damn Ferrari around each turn EVERY turn.

    I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be to drive the darn car.

    Kimi’s not alone though.

    The Renault team has the exact same issue- just worse.

  2. techmeister1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Ferrari knows it’s their obligation to give the drivers a good car to drive. Alonso can get more from an uncompetitive package than most but as we have seen Massa and others can be as fast as Alonso when they are given a decent car. Kimi will do fine if he ever gets a car that functions properly. Bringing Kimi back and dumping Massa just confirmed the problems were with the car and not Massa who when not be crashed out this year has had some great races and shown he’s still fully capable.

    It would be a shame if Bernie nixes Monza in his quest for financial greed.

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