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Raikkonen matching Vettel's pace, says manager

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Raikkonen matching Vettel's pace, says manager
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Apr 1, 2015, 10:10 AM

Kimi Raikkonen is nearly at the same level of performance as teammate Sebastian Vettel, according to the Finn's manager.

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF15-T
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF15-T

Vettel has outqualified Raikkonen in both races so far, and the German won last Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, where Raikkonen finished fourth after he had a puncture on the opening lap.

But after a difficult 2014 alongside Fernando Alonso, Raikkonen is feeling much more comfortable with this year's car.

And his manager Steve Robertson insists the 2007 world champion got caught up in troubles in Australia and Malaysia that had nothing to do with the Finn's pace.

"I strongly believe that Kimi and Sebastian are very close to having the same level of performance," Robertson told Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.

"The most important thing is that Kimi is very happy with the car. The whole package is much stronger than it was last season.

"Kimi was able to show that potential on Friday, which many competitors paid a lot of attention to."

Raikkonen's fastest race lap at Sepang was around half a second slower than Vettel's, but the Finn's best was faster than the German's in Australia.

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