Raikkonen: Ferrari capable of fighting for title

By on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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Kimi Raikkonen says that Ferrari is capable of fighting for their first world title since 2008.

Raikkonen returns to the team with which he won the 2007 drivers' and constructors' title, as well as the latter crown a year later.

Gallery: Ferrari launches F14 T

But despite Ferrari failing to win a title across the past five seasons, the Finn believes that he and team-mate Fernando Alonso can bring the championship trophy back to Maranello.

"It's nice to come back to the team with which I won my championship in 2007," he said at the launch of the Ferrari F14 T.

"The aim is the same: we want to do the best we can. [We want to] try and win races and try and win the championship if we can. "

Raikkonen missed the final two races of the 2013 season in order to undergo a back operation and says that he no choice but to have the surgery.

"I had to have a small operation, I didn't really have a choice in order to be as pain free as possible for the coming season. It was a good time to have it done."

The Finn reckons that if the F14 T is a strong car, there is no reason to discount Ferrari from championship contention.

"If we are the strongest team - and I hope we're going to be - then we both want to win. The car will tell if we can bring the championships back to Ferrari."

"I would say there are lots of other things, especially with the new rules, that will say what the results will be. But I think we are more than capable of being up there and fighting for the championship."

Raikkonen will give the F14 T its track debut at Jerez on Tuesday.


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