Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo is adamant that Kimi Raikkonen will rediscover his form before the end of the season.
In last week’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza Raikkonen failed to muster the kind of performance that he showed behind the wheel of his Ferrari in Belgium, albeit before crashing out of the race in the wet.
With only four races remaining Raikkonen is now 21 points adrift of the title leaders, and he could be called upon to help team-mate Felipe Massa in his championship assault on Lewis Hamilton.
Luca di Montezemolo, who extended Raikkonen’s contract until 2010 earlier in the month, is convinced that a turnaround in form from the Finn is imminent.
“I know some disagreed when we lengthened his contract, but we are talking about the world champion, who won the title in his first year at Ferrari,” he told Gazetta dello Sport.
“Kimi is like those great forwards in football who can’t score for a while but, since they’re good, sooner or later they find their way to the goal again, which is good for them and their teams.”
“Felipe and Kimi know well what they have to do because both of them race for Ferrari. The rules have always been clear, we all work for the team.”