Raikkonen confident Ferrari is heading in the right direction

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Kimi Raikkonen is confident that Scuderia Ferrari is heading in the right direction following a number of changes within the team over the winter and the arrival of a new regime at Maranello.

After a disastrous 2014 campaign that yielded just two podium finishes and not a single race win, a revolution took place at Ferrari as Luca di Montezemolo, Stefano Domenicali, Marco Mattiacci and Fernando Alonso were all forced out of the team.

Now, Ferrari is under new mangement with Mauricio Arrivabene joining as team principal, whilst four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has been drafted in from Red Bull.

Raikkonen endured a miserable first year back at Ferrari in 2014, finishing 12th in the final drivers’ standings, but he feels that the team learned a lot from its difficulties.

“I think we learned a lot from last year,” Raikkonen said. “Sometimes you have bad years and it goes like that, everything seems to be a bit difficult.

“I re-understood a lot of things and hopefully we can turn things around and as a team be strong and get where we should be, little by little getting stronger.

“The way the team works has changed slightly from last year, and I think it’s the right direction. We know we have quite a lot of work to do, but I enjoy being with the people and being in the team.”

Today saw Ferrari launch its new car for the 2015 season, the SF15-T, and Raikkonen hopes that it will be as quick as it is beautiful.

“It looks different than last year’s car,” Raikkonen said. “What I’ve seen from all the data, for me at least, it looks good.

“Usually when it looks good it should be a pretty good car, but obviously we have to wait until we get testing to see how it is. First impression is good.”

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”