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Raikkonen performance pleases Alfa Romeo boss

18th August 2019, 18:36 by Dan McCarthy

Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur says the relationship between the team and driver Kimi Raikkonen is “perfect”.

After being let go by Ferrari at the end of last season, he signed a two-year deal with Sauber, the team he started his career with in 2001, which became Alfa Romeo at the start of the season.

So far, he has performed excellently for the mid-table side, finishing in the points in eight of 12 races and gaining all but one of Sauber's 32 points in the Constructors' Championship.

The 2007 world champion lies eighth in the table ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, and Vasseur says the communication between driver and team has been partly responsible for his great form.

Vasseur told Autosport: "The advantage with Kimi is before he signed last year we had hours of discussions, about the team, the positive and negative points, where we could improve, where we have to improve.

"We were very open about what is the real situation of the company.

"And I think now he is not surprised when we have issues because we knew that before.

"He's fully committed on the project. I don't know how he was last year with Ferrari, I was not there, but for us it is working perfectly."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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