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F1: Raikkonen Yearns For 'More Exciting' Racing In Formula One Photo:
 
 
TMR Team | Apr, 04 2014 | 0 Comments

Kimi Raikkonen has been quoted as lamenting the end of F1's more exciting days.

The Finn went into the 2014 season playing down the likely impact of the sweeping 2014 rules, featuring limited fuel and quieter, energy recovery-dominated turbo V6 engines.

Raikkonen has however struggled for form since returning to Ferrari to race the Italian marque's 2014 car, and he is quoted by Austria's Laola1 as yearning for a bigger thrill.

"The racing itself should be more exciting again," Raikkonen, who at 34 is F1's oldest active driver, said.

"I want more fights, rear wheel-to-wheel battles, but that's not so easy when at the same time you want to bring in sophisticated cars."

As for his personal struggle with the new F14-T car, Raikkonen added: "It doesn't fit my style yet but that's not a disaster, at least I can still collect points."

Raikkonen's struggle and his aversion to the 'new' F1 could ramp up rumours he might not stay around on the grid much beyond 2014.

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali was photographed meeting in the paddock with Red Bull's reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel not once but twice last weekend in Malaysia.

Domenicali played down the rumours.

"We as Ferrari are very pleased with what we have, and I am sure that Sebastian is also pleased with his situation because it looks as if he can fight again," he told F1's official website.

Unlike Raikkonen, apparently much happier in 2014 is F1's other 34-year-old, Jenson Button, who is set to mark his 250th grand prix this weekend in Bahrain.

"The positives of a guy my age outweigh the negatives," he was quoted on Wednesday by British newspapers. "So maybe the best years are to come."

(GMM)

 

Red Bull considering alternatives to Renault

After struggling to get up to speed in F1's new V6 era with Renault, Red Bull is beginning to think about alternatives.

Dr Helmut Marko has already issued an ultimatum to Renault.

"If there is no noticeable improvement in two or three months, we will definitely be talking about an alternative," he told the German newspaper Bild.

But the German magazine Sport Bild claims that the industry-leading Mercedes power unit is not an option for Red Bull, as the German marque "does not want to support its biggest competitor".

Rather, the publication revealed that, two years ago, Red Bull looked into working on an engine project with AVL, an Austrian automotive company.

There have also been paddock rumours Red Bull could take over Renault's F1 operations at Viry-Chatillon.

"There are some considerations," Marko admitted. "But for now we are hoping that Renault can get its problems under control.

"We are currently 80 horse power behind. An increase of 40 horse power would be enough, because we can make up that difference with the chassis," he added.

Renault is hopeful.

"Red Bull is supporting us 100 per cent," Rob White said. "We want to, and we will solve the problems together.

"The data we have from the V6 turbo and the electric motors tells us that if we get all the parts of the powertrain working in harmony, we will be really competitive," he added.

Marko ruled out as "utter nonsense" speculation Red Bull could simply pull out of F1 and race elsewhere with Cosworth engines.

(GMM)

 

Lotus 'faster than Williams and McLaren' - Permane

Lotus claims its troubled 2014 car is often better than a Williams or a McLaren.

Actually, the Enstone based team is badly suffering with its E22, plagued with issues related to the problematic Renault 'power unit'.

"We are still in the learning process," chief engineer Alan Permane told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

"I suppose we need to make exactly the step that Red Bull made between the Bahrain test and Melbourne."

There was, however, a glimmer of hope for crisis-struck Lotus in Malaysia, when Romain Grosjean at least managed to finish the race, albeit outside the points.

"For us it's a big step," Permane insisted, "even though we're not usually happy with eleventh.

"But the times in the second sector showed that our car is fast in the corners. Faster than a Williams or McLaren," he claims.

"In the other two sectors we are behind, especially in braking," Permane admitted.

"We have a decent car, but we're lagging behind with the power unit, even compared with other Renault teams. But that's our fault," he said.

Permane admitted that skipping the first official test at Jerez has had consequences.

"We are just behind in time," he explained. "We missed the opportunity to recognise the problems early on and sort them out.

"We will make a development step with the drivetrain in Bahrain, a major one in China and then another one in Spain," Permane revealed.

(GMM)

 
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