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Raikkonen wants to finish F1 career with Ferrari

 Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, of Finland, speeds down the slope on his snowboard in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. The Ducati ...
 Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, of Finland, speeds down the slope on his snowboard in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. The Ducati ...
 Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, of Brazil, skies in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. The Ducati and the Ferrari team are jointly mee...
 Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen looks on during a news conference in Madonna di Campiglio, northern Italy, Thursday, Jan. 15. 2009. A new ban o...
 Ferrari Brazilian driver Felipe Massa waves to photographers during a news conference in Madonna di Campiglio, northern  Italy, Thursday, Jan. 15. 20...

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Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, of Finland, speeds down the slope on his snowboard in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. The Ducati ...

ITALY F1 FERRARI

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen, of Finland, speeds down the slope on his snowboard in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. The Ducati ...

ITALY F1 FERRARI

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, of Brazil, skies in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. The Ducati and the Ferrari team are jointly mee...

ITALY F1 FERRARI

Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen looks on during a news conference in Madonna di Campiglio, northern Italy, Thursday, Jan. 15. 2009. A new ban o...

ITALY F1 FERRARI

Ferrari Brazilian driver Felipe Massa waves to photographers during a news conference in Madonna di Campiglio, northern Italy, Thursday, Jan. 15. 20...

Kimi Raikkonen wants to finish his Formula One career with Ferrari.
"This will probably be the last team I race for," the 29-year-old Finnish driver said Thursday at Ferrari's annual winter retreat in the Italian Dolomites. "I don't want to go elsewhere. I'm happy where I am and I have another two years on my contract."
Raikkonen said he has not been bothered by persistent rumors that Fernando Alonso will move to Ferrari from Renault. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone added to the speculation Wednesday.
"Sooner or later Alonso will end up with Ferrari," Ecclestone told Italy's Sky TV. "Fernando is probably the best in the world right now, and I would be very pleased if it happened. I think he's faster than Lewis (Hamilton), Felipe (Massa) and everyone else."
Both Raikkonen and Massa are under contract with Ferrari through 2010.
Raikkonen joined Ferrari in 2007 and won the drivers' title in his first year with the Italian team. Last season, Hamilton beat Massa by one point and Raikkonen was a distant third.
Ferrari team director Stefano Domenicali has said that the laid-back Raikkonen often appears to be "on his own planet."
"It doesn't bother me," Raikkonen said when asked about Domenicali's comment, according to the ANSA news agency. "The important thing is that I'm here."
Ferrari unveiled its 2009 car, the F60, on Monday. Raikkonen will test it for the first time next week in Portimao, Portugal.
"I don't know what the car is like yet," he said. "I've got to wait until the first tests in Portimao to give a better review."
Massa tested the F60 briefly Monday at the Mugello track in Tuscany.
"We have a very different car from last season," he said. "It slips a lot, especially with the slick tires. There are a lot of new things and we're going to have to adjust. For example, I'm not able to take full advantage of the impact of the big front wings yet."
In line with new rules agreed on by the teams to enable more passing, the front wings of the F60 are much wider than previous Ferraris, while the rear wings are higher and narrower.
The car also features a kinetic energy recovery, or KERS, system _ which allows a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
"The biggest changes are in the aerodynamics, which completely alters the way we drive," Massa said, according to the Apcom news agency. "The KERS modifies the breaking a little, but it won't be a huge problem. It's more positive than we thought. It allows you to improve performance."
Massa lost the 2008 title despite winning the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix when Hamilton passed Toyota's Timo Glock on the final turn to secure fifth place in the race.
He appears more determined this season.
"The most important thing is becoming the world champion, and that's what I want," Massa said. "There's always a lot of pressure, especially with Ferrari, but I've already won many races and I don't have to show anything anymore.
"Losing the 2008 championship on the last turn of the last race made me reflect. I'm going to utilize this experience to improve this season."


Updated : 2021-07-25 00:35 GMT+08:00