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Former Formula 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen has admitted that so far this season Kimi Raikkonen has been shown up by his Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso.
Much was made of the rivalry that would emerge between the two experienced racers this season, after Raikkonen decided to return to the Italian outfit following a spell with Lotus.
However it’s been one-way traffic so far this season with the Spaniard managing to get much more out of his Ferrari over the first four races of the 2014 campaign.
Alonso was pushing the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton, who is 1.36 to win the world title, and Nico Rosberg at the Chinese Grand Prix and currently sits in third place in the World Drivers’ Championship.
Raikkonen on the other hand is all the way down in twelfth place in the standing, with his highest finish being a disappointing seventh in the very first race of the season at the Australian Grand Prix.
Two-time world champions Haikkinen has not been impressed with Raikkonen so far and believes he must quickly close down the gap on Alonso, who is 34.00 to win his third world title.
He wrote in his post-race column for Hermes: “Kimi has problems and they need to be solved.
“Alonso is simply dominating Kimi. It’s not a small difference. After four races Kimi needs to do better. The car can’t be so bad that it is impossible to compete with Alonso. Kimi has to improve, and he has to do it quickly.”