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New rules won't revolutionise racing - Raikkonen

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Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen does not think the advent of Formula One's new turbo era will change racing a huge amount in 2014.

F1 will introduce new 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines next year as part of wide-ranging changes to the technical regulations. Some of the regulations, including a stricter fuel allowance over race distances, has led to speculation that racing will be different in 2014, but Raikkonen is not convinced.

"My feeling is that it's not going to be as different as people think, but I might be wrong," he said in a video on Ferrari's website. "Hopefully we'll find out that it's pretty simple. For sure it's difficult for all the technical people to make a new engine, new gearbox, all this stuff, but as a driver it's not affecting the driving so much, I don't think. We have new buttons and new things to follow, but let's wait and see. It'll be much easier to say after the first test."

However, Raikkonen is under no illusion that the 2014 regulations present a significant challenge for the teams.

"It's going to be a long and difficult season, especially with the new rules," he added. "It's hard to say who's where and how it's going to be, but there are a lot of good people in our team and a lot of knowledge. We have to do the best and see where we end up. There's every chance that we can do very well."

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