Raikkonen: Ferrari a happier team in 2015

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Kimi Raikkonen believes that Ferrari is a now a happier place to work following a raft of personnel changes over the winter.

The Finnish driver endured a miserable 2014 campaign, scoring just 55 points en route to 12th place in the championship.

However, he has been retained for 2015 alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who arrived as a replacement for the McLaren-bound Fernando Alonso.

The Ferrari that is racing this year is very different to the team of 12 months ago, with marque president Luca di Montezemolo, team principals Stefano Domenicali and Marco Mattiacci, and a number of other key personnel being ousted from Maranello.

With the internal divisions of 2014 patched up and repaired, Raikkonen believes that everyone at Ferrari is enjoying their work more this year.

“The team bosses have managed to put the right people in the right places,” the Finn said. “It’s still early days, but everybody seems to enjoy it more. For the next test we’ll try to put the right things into the car.”

Raikkonen finished second in both of his testing days in Barcelona this week, but his final run was hindered by some problems on the car. These aside, he is happy with the progress that is being made and the direction that the team is making.

“Today was not ideal,” Raikkonen said on Friday. “We had some small issues which prevented us from running as much as we wanted, but still we managed to do other stuff, try things and learn.

“We are going in the right direction in all areas and the team did a good job over the winter. Of course, racing is a different story from testing, but so far it has been good.”

Dean Wilson out for the remainder of the Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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