Raikkonen doubts rule changes will impact drivers

By on Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Kimi Raikkonen does not believe that Formula 1's new regulations will make a big difference for the drivers.

Formula 1 will use 'power units' this season as 1.6 litre v6 turbos replace the v8 engines, which had been in use since 2006. Other changes, such as an Energy Recovery System, are also being introduced.

But Raikkonen, who returns to Ferrari for the 2014 campaign, is doubtful that the changes will be felt by the drivers.

"My feeling is that it's not going to be as different as people think but I might be wrong, hopefully we’ll find out it’s pretty simple," Raikkonen said during a video interview for Ferrari.

"For sure it will be difficult for the technical people already to make new engines, new gearboxes and all this stuff, [but] as a driver it's not affecting so much the driving. [There will be] new buttons and new things to follow but lets wait and see for the first test."

One of the most prominent amendments to the sporting regulations over the winter break has been the introduction of double point for the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Some drivers, such as world champion Sebastian Vettel, have criticised the rule change but Raikkonen is not bothered by the decision.

"It’s the same for everybody," he said.

"For sure it might help somebody and might be against somebody. For me it doesn’t matter. It’s the rule and like it or not it isn’t going to change."

The first Formula 1 test of the season begins at Jerez on January 28th.

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