Raikkonen: F1 should be made more dangerous

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Kimi Raikkonen believes that changes should be made to Formula 1 to make the sport both faster and more dangerous, claiming that it has become less exciting across the course of his career.

Raikkonen made his debut back in 2001 with Sauber, and has since experienced a number of different regulations, with the latest featuring the smallest and quietest engines of his career.

The V6 turbo era has come under intense criticism since debuting in 2014, and is set to be canned for 2017 when a seismic change to the technical regulations is planned.

Speaking to French TV channel Canal+, Raikkonen said that changes should be made to the sport to make it more exciting and win back fans.

“When I came in to Formula One, it was more exciting for everybody,” Raikkonen said. “It was like really the top, it was a long time ago.

“We would have expected that cars would be faster and more exciting, but there are the rule changes… They try to make it slower.

“I’m sure something has to be done to make it more exciting to people to watch and also to really see the speed and make it a little bit more dangerous. It is part of the game.

“We don’t want anybody to get hurt but it also makes it more exciting.”

After experiencing a difficult season in 2014 upon his return to Ferrari, Raikkonen has improved this year, scoring his first podium finish since the end of the 2013 season in Bahrain.

The Finn has already made his happiness with Ferrari in 2015 clear, and he spoke about this once again in the interview with pundit and former F1 driver Jean Alesi.

“There are many good teams in F1 but Ferrari is still different, it’s Ferrari,” Raikkonen said.

“Obviously, it was very nice to win the championship on the first year. After that lots of things happen but I’m back with Ferrari.

“I think the team this year is the best team I’ve been in, how it’s working, all that atmosphere. Like I said, Ferrari is Ferrari. You would always choose it if you can.”