Tuesday, June 12, 2007

McLaren boss feels for Raikkonen

McLaren boss Ron Dennis says he takes no pleasure in seeing former driver Kimi Raikkonen struggling at Ferrari. Going into this weekend's Canadian GP, Raikkonen is 15 points adrift of drivers championship co-leaders Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton."Kimi is a friend, and I've seen him struggle with problems," said Dennis, Raikkonen's boss for five years."I see him as a friend, not a competitor, and seeing a friend in pain gives me no pleasure at all."Things looked bright for Raikkonen when he won the Australian GrandPrix in March on his Ferrari debut.But McLaren's dream team of reigning world champion Alonso and rookie sensation Hamilton relegated him third place in both Malaysia and Bahrain.Raikkonen was forced to retire from the Spanish GP and a crash during qualifying at Monaco gave him an up hill battle as the McLaren duo romped home in the principality.He has also seen team-mate Felipe Massa take victory in Spain and Bahrain to move 10 points ahead of him in the drivers standings.

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