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Seb: No problem with straightfoward Kimi

2015-01-30 02:35:14

Gearing up for his first campaign alongside Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel is expecting a "straightforward" relationship between the two friends

Seb: No problem with straightfoward Kimi

With his run of Championship titles ending in win-less season in 2014, Vettel has swapped Red Bull Racing for Ferrari.

The 27-year-old, who has 39 grand prix wins to his tally, will partner Raikkonen who is entering his second season back with the Scuderia.

And unlike with at least one previous team-mate, Vettel is confident there won't be any issues with the Finn.

"I don't expect any problems," he said of his relationship with his new team-mate.

"He will be a difficult team-mate to beat on the track because he is very quick, very talented, but off the track we get on well.

"Usually there are not being words being exchanged, but it's very straightforward which is something I appreciate in Kimi and that does not happen often in Formula 1."

The four-time World Champion will put in his first laps in the SF15-T at Jerez on Sunday, the opening day of pre-season testing, however it is the first grand prix in Ferrari red that he is really looking forward to.

"When the flag drops in Melbourne it will be a very special thing because it's my first race with Ferrari," he said.

"Everything is red and it's a very special colour because it means so much with so much history."

However, Vettel and Ferrari face a tough task.

Neither won a grand prix last season in a campaign that was dominated by the Mercedes pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Asked about his 'realistic expectations' ahead of the upcoming season, Vettel refused to set a specific target.

"There is a lot of change going on, a lot of new people in new positions including myself," he admitted.

"It always takes a bit of time to settle in before you really start to make proper progress.

"I am confident we are going in the right direction but I think it would be wrong to expect a lot of us. We need to remember we are coming from a 2014 season where there was one team that was very dominant.

"It will be difficult for us to be right there from the beginning but I think for us the main target is to start to work together, to make progress and hopefully catch up more and more as the season progresses."

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