After 5 years within the service of Ferrari, Raikkonen is again within the Sauber staff with which he made his F1 debut in 2001 over a 12 months.
He did the experiment for the primary time in the course of the post-season tire check that occurred in Abu Dhabi final week.
Though Sauber is in a rebuilding section after troublesome years, Raikkonen believes that adjustments made by his boss, Fred Vasseur, allied together with his state-of-the-art services in Hinwil, put it in a fantastic place to impress.
Talking earlier than the FIA Awards Gala in Russia on Friday about his return to Sauber, Raikkonen mentioned, "I’m excited. It’s clearly totally different as I’ve been within the staff [before] however there are lots of totally different folks now.
"They’ve all of the instruments, a wonderful wind tunnel and all the pieces to construct a fantastic automobile. We’ve got a Ferrari engine, so we all know what we’re going to get.
"I don’t see why we couldn’t do a great job. We’ll see subsequent 12 months. For me, it was necessary to drive the automobile and see if there have been issues to repair, but it surely was fairly easy.
Regardless of the plain efficiency variations between Ferrari and Sauber this 12 months, Raikkonen mentioned that the expertise of the Swiss staff challenger in 2018 was not completely totally different.
"It regarded loads like what I used," he mentioned, "It's a special automobile, which appears to be like just a little totally different, however to be sincere, it was not a special feeling.
"We solely examined the tires, with out making changes, however making an attempt to see what it regarded like. It was a primary expertise. "
Kimi Raikkonen, Sauber C37
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