Kimi Räikkönen claims the performance of the Sauber C37 in the post-season test in Abu Dhabi was distinctly to the Scuderia Ferrari car he drove in the 2018 Formula 1 Season.
Räikkönen will depart from Ferrari at the end of 2018 and will return to his former team he started his F1 career with back in 2001, Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.
His final year at the Scuderia saw him claim one victory, a win that he had to wait for over five years to claim as he won the United States Grand Prix.
The Finn tested with the Swiss team after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit whilst Ferrari’s new driver Charles Leclerc made his debut with the Italian team on the second and final day.
At the FIA Gala, Räikkönen says that he sees no reason why Sauber can do a good job next year with the Finnish driver and rookie Antonio Giovinazzi.
“I am excited. It is different obviously as I have been in the team but there are a lot of different people now,” said Räikkönen.
“They have all the tools, they have a great wind tunnel and they have everything to build a great car. We have a Ferrari engine, so we know what we are going to get.
“I don’t see any reason why we cannot do a good job out of it. We will see next year. For me, it was important to drive the car and see if there are some things we need to fix, but it was pretty straightforward.”
Räikkönen also noted about the similarities between the Ferrari and the Sauber he tested in Abu Dhabi, stating the cars don’t feel too different from one another when driving.
“It felt very similar to what I’m used,” Räikkönen added. “It’s a different car, looking a bit different, but to be honest it wasn’t all a different feeling.
“We just tested the tyres, not really doing any set-up work, just doing laps and trying to see what it’s like. As a first experience it was okay.”