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Raikkonen has no regrets over Ferrari switch

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Kimi Raikkonen says he has no regrets about his return to Ferrari despite his frustrating 2014 campaign so far.

Raikkonen's switch to Maranello from Lotus this year was highly anticipated, but the rivalry between the Finn and team-mate Fernando Alonso has been lopsided. Raikkonen has beaten Alonso on track just once in races they have both finished but the Finn says he is happy with his choice.

"I'm sure I made 100% the right decision," Raikkonen said. "Obviously the results haven't been what I want or what the team wants but that's how it goes. We have improved from where we started and there's been some better moments [recently] but it's not easy to fix some issues and get things exactly as you want.

"Then you end up having a small thing here, a small thing there, and paying a big price for it. I'm happy to be here. If I'm finishing out of first place I would rather be in a Ferrari than any other team so I'm pretty sure I made the right decision."

Recent press reports in Austria quoted Gerhard Berger as saying Ferrari should keep Alonso - who is set to leave the team - and fire Raikkonen again, a reference to the 2009 split which led to his sabbatical from the sport.

When asked about the reports, Raikkonen said: "We will see if he's right or wrong!"

Part of Raikkonen's problem has been his struggle to match his driving style with the Ferrari F14 T, as he prefers a responsive front end in his car. Though he thinks this should have taken longer to resolve than it has Raikkonen does not want to dwell on the negatives of 2014.

"I think I've been suffering from many small things but the front end hasn't been as good as I want thing. It's not easy to fix those things. Things are getting a bit better but it's too late, it shouldn't take this long but this time it has. It's just the small things, putting them together. I have no interest in telling what is good, what is not, it's just been certain things."

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