Raikkonen: I have no feelings at all towards Ferrari, neither good nor bad
4 July, 2012
Jul.4 (GMM) Comeback F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen has played down a reported spat with Lotus, insisting that he is only pushing the team to improve its steering system and at the same time revealed that he has no feelings – good or bad, towards Ferrari.”
“It’s just because in other years I drove cars with really good steering,” the 32-year-old told Autosprint.
“There are a few things on which we can continue to work and improve. That’s the only reason [for the reports]” said the 2007 world champion, who according to the reports has been in the middle of a team dispute.
Raikkonen insisted that, in fact, the atmosphere at Lotus is “cool and relaxed”, and run by people who “want to race and not have too much politics”.
He clarified that he is not therefore criticising Ferrari, who reportedly ended the contract with Raikkonen a year early in late 2009 because of the politics surrounding the arrival of Fernando Alonso and Spanish sponsor Santander.
“I felt good with them,” he insisted. “I won a world title and I have no feelings at all towards them, neither good nor bad. I’m happy with what I have. Things probably could have gone better, but what does it matter now?”
“I know the reasons why I didn’t stay, but I don’t want to talk about it now. As I said, I don’t have problems with anyone,” added the Iceman.
He denied he opted to leave Formula One rather than accept an alternative offer from McLaren because of a money dispute.
“That’s not true,” Raikkonen said. “The real reason is that I didn’t see any need to sign for a number of months. I wasn’t desperate or willing to do anything to stay in F1.”
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