(Video courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari)
An extremely happy Kimi Raikkonen visited Ferrari’s factory in Maranello on Friday along with Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene where the Finn spoke to his engineers about the 2016 car and also had his seat fitting ahead of the start of winter testing which gets underway next week at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya.
Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne stated over the winter that he expects a big year from Raikkonen after the 2007 world champion struggled to match the pace of Sebastian Vettel who joined the Prancing Horse from Red Bull Racing last season.
Heading into the 2016 season however Raikkonen is in a much better place in his life as he has stability in his personnel life and is married to his partner Minttu and they have a one year old son Robin.
So with Raikkonen in a great place off track and with Ferrari in much better shape all round both on and off the circuit it can be expected that they will be right at the front challenging Mercedes dominance of Formula One.
Raikkonen will be hoping that he can do this season what Sebastian Vettel was able to do in 2015 and that is to challenge for the championship and win a number of Grand Prix during the season. The Iceman will undoubtedly face the usual questions about his future and his motivation however is more motivated than ever because as he always says he wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t motivated.