Raikkonen says teams need to adapt to tires, not Pirelli to teams

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Kimi Raikkonen says Formula One teams need to adapt to Pirelli’s 2013 tires, rather than vice versa, and that F1 isn’t really as different as it appears to some compared to when he entered in 2001.

“Of course some years you’ve been able to go faster but then you do more stops, and shorter runs with less fuel,” Raikkonen told Autosport.

“In those years if you’d put 50 kilos more fuel in you’d have had to look after the tires. It hasn’t really changed. Sometimes now you have to look after the tires, but if you did six stops you wouldn’t have to look after your tires. It’s your option. Whatever is the fastest way for you to do the race, you try to do it.”

Lotus driver Raikkonen said Pirelli can’t please everybody and the challenge is the same for everyone. He entered in the same season Michelin re-entered the sport, then competing against Bridgestone, for a tire battle that lasted through the 2006 season.

“In the past we had different tires but some teams were not as happy with those tires as other teams were,” he said. “Sometimes you have some issues and you pay the price for it. But that’s OK because otherwise it would be easy.”

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Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”