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Alonso: Raikkonen having the same difficulties as me

Jul 24, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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Fernando Alonso has no concerns about Kimi Raikkonen’s performances for Ferrari in 2014, explaining how they are both struggling to work with the troublesome F14 T car.

The 2014-spec vehicle has proved to be something of a problem child for Ferrari, causing the Italian marque to slip to fourth place in the constructors’ championship behind Mercedes, Red Bull and Williams.

While Alonso has scored points at every single race, Raikkonen has struggled, recording a best finish of seventh. Nevertheless, the Spaniard is unconcerned about his teammate.

“I don’t really have an opinion on that,” he said when asked about Raikkonen’s struggles. “Obviously, the car is not great, we lack some downforce, some traction. We had some difficulties under braking in the first half of the races, brake-by-wire and all the systems that are new this year. Probably he was not feeling confident with the car, or he was not totally happy with the balance.

“At the moment, we are not super happy with the performance, either him or me, and we try to keep improving and score more points, especially with the constructors’ championship. We’re going backwards a little bit and we need to put both cars in the points as many times as possible.”

Alonso confirmed that he is constantly sharing feedback and information with Raikkonen, despite the Finn having a reputation for a less co-operative approach from his time at Lotus.

“Definitely we work a lot together,” Alonso confirmed. “The meetings are quite long this year, because we have quite a lot of things to sort out after the races, and we’ve been constantly making our suggestions and our comments on what we see on the track, and try to help the engineers to transfer that to Maranello and translate those comments into ideas to help the car.

“It’s not a big change from the work that I have done with Felipe [Massa]; it’s a working relationship trying to help the team all the time.”

Both drivers will be hoping to get Ferrari back ahead of Williams in the constructors’ championship this weekend after dropping behind the British team in Germany. However, Alonso is thought to be considering his options for 2015, and could walk away from Ferrari in favor of a move back to McLaren if the stars align and he is that unhappy at Maranello.

  1. cuencanolenny - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I think Ferrari will get their act together over the winter and come up with a power plant that is equal to that of the MB. With that in mind I think Alonso will stay with Ferrari.

  2. techmeister1 - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    The power unit isn’t all that Ferrari is lacking, they need a much better car also. They seem to be quietly hiring a lot of experienced F1 people to improve their track performance just as Mercedes has done for the past 5 years. When you hire people from other successful teams there is always some technology transfer which is beneficial. When people leave Ferrari they also take info. with them be it drivers or other key players.

    There does seem to be some fundamental issue at Ferrari in the past 5-8 years. It could be just a little lack of performance in many areas as they have stated or something more difficult to pinpoint like their wind tunnel issues. They seem to think the wind tunnel is fixed now as they have been able to make some small down force gains but I think they need considerably more improvement everywhere.

    Ferrari isn’t lacking in knowing how to build powerful engines as they have demonstrated over the decades even when they have had marginal chassis like in recent years. The total power unit with the kinetic and waste heat energy might be an area where they are lacking. This is a much newer area for F1 teams and how this power is recovered and reused may be a big part of the braking imbalance and lack of top speed?

    It looks like Ferrari is doing a complete in-house F1 overhaul much as Mercedes had to do. Ross Brawn is certainly the man for the job but I don’t see him back at Ferrari after they refused to make him the F1 team boss when they should have after Jean Todt retired.

    Hopefully Ferrari will be more competitive in ’15 but every F1 team will be improving their game as they have seen a lot of what the competition is doing this year. Renault is also likely to step up the power of their PU so it’s much closer in power to Mercedes thus next year won’t be easy for anyone.

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