Sauber rookie Kimi Raikkonen sits down for an interview

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21-year-old Sauber rookie Kimi Raikkonen sits down for an interview with Martin Brundle (2001)

Mercedes struggling with engine development for 2019

Toto Wolff, Mercedes team boss, has said that the team have had a “setback” with its engine development:

“There is a tremendous development race that is happened as we speak.”

“Finding downforce, reducing drag and of course the engine is a very important part, adding more horsepower to the engine.”

“So we are setting ourselves really ambitious targets. We have actually increased the targets six weeks ago because we heard some rumours that others were doing well.”

“We’ve had a little bit of a setback on the engine side where we believed the new concept would deliver a little bit more. But these guys are very ambitious like all of us and so I’m optimistic.” When speaking of the development on the power unit.

“We will know when the first qualifying session gets underway in Melbourne, this is the moment where everybody shows their cards.”

Renault’s exact power deficit revealed

Cyril Abiteboul says they will be very close to the top two engine makers in the next season.