2014 season is wide open - Raikkonen

By on Saturday, March 8, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen believes that the 2014 Formula 1 season is wide open, as he prepares for his comeback race with the team in Australia next weekend.

Raikkonen is gearing up for his first race with Ferrari since Abu Dhabi in 2009 as he returns to the venue where has won twice.

Raikkonen won on his Ferrari debut in 2007 and again six years later with Lotus.

"If I had to compare the two Australian wins, somehow, winning it last year for the second time felt even a little bit nicer after such a difficult pre-season testing period," he said of his success in 2013.

The Finn is not making predictions ahead of next weekend's race and reckons the championship is wide open.

"Making predictions has never been my habit and this year there is even more reason not to," he said.

"We are heading Down Under with brand new cars and I reckon it is wide open and anything can happen.

"In Maranello, we have worked hard and the F14 T seems to be a good car, but the track will tell who is quickest. When we start running to see where we are, we will at least have some data to give us a starting point."

Weather is notoriously changeable in Melbourne - qualifying last year was postponed due to torrential rain - but Raikkonen would prefer a dry start to the season.

"I can remember only one GP here where there was sunshine all the time," he added.

"Of course, I’d prefer dry and hot weekends, especially this year with a completely new car and so many technical aspects still to be understood completely."

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