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.