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Raikkonen "sad" to see Domenicali go

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17/04/2014

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted to feeling "sad" at the departure of team boss Stefano Domenicali, whilst echoing the apparent negativity of Pat Fry.

"Everyone was a bit surprised but it was Stefano's own decision," the Finn told reporters at Shanghai ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, a comment that caused wry smile as many believe the Italian was pushed rather than jumped.

"If that's how he felt then that's fair enough and life goes on," he continued. "Personally, I find it sad as he is a great guy and I worked with him for many years. But that's how it goes and I'm sure the team can handle the current situation."

Referring to the new team boss, Marco Mattiacci, Raikkonen admitted that though they have previously met, "I don't really know him".

"He will find a great team of people around him here, who will help him to settle in quickly. I don't foresee any problems and I am sure he will do a very good job for us. He will have everything he needs to push us forward.

Echoing Pat Fry, who earlier this week said that the team's priority is to finish second (to Mercedes), the Finn admitted: "Nothing will change immediately as there are no miracles and we know where we are at the moment. We know in which areas we must improve but it will not happen overnight."

But it's not all doom and gloom as far as the Iceman is concerned.

"At the last race, the overall feeling I had from the car had improved and the problem in Bahrain was just that we were a bit slow. I expect that already here this weekend we will have improvements on some small things. It's difficult to say when we will be at the level we want, but with new rules there is always the possibility of suddenly finding a big improvement, but sometimes progress can be slow.

"It's important that we now have a better understanding of the car after the first races and we have improved a lot since Melbourne," he added, "even if it's hard to see that because others have also progressed. Bahrain was one of the most difficult races for us and hopefully here it will be a bit better."

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1. Posted by jo6pac, 17/04/2014 17:23

"I think there might be more people leaving if Fiat doesn't see a huge improvement by years end"

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