'Iceman' Raikkonen is feeling the heat, says Massa

Thu Jul 2, 2015 12:16pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Formula One fan favourite Kimi Raikkonen is feeling the heat at Ferrari despite his icy reputation and needs to chill out, according to the Finn's former team mate Felipe Massa.

Raikkonen -- famed for his taciturn character and penetrating gaze -- has 'Iceman' tattooed on his arm but faces a storm of speculation about his future at Formula One's most glamorous team.

"Everybody says 'Iceman', I tell you he's not really like that," Brazilian Massa, who partnered Raikkonen at Ferrari from 2007 to 2009 and was replaced by him in 2014, told reporters at the British Grand Prix on Thursday.

"For sure he can suffer as well with the pressure and he shows that as well in some results," continued the Williams driver.

"He just needs to relax and try to do his best because he's definitely a big talent and can do a lot better than what he's doing. Everybody knows that."

Massa said he experienced similar pressure at Ferrari when the rumour mill regularly targeted him with talk of his departure from the sport's most successful team.

Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, is out of contract at the end of the season although Ferrari have an option on him.

The Finn crashed on the opening lap in Austria 11 days ago after he lost control of his car.   Continued...

Formula One - F1 - British Grand Prix 2015 - Silverstone, England - 2/7/15
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during a press conference ahead of the British Grand Prix/ Reuters / Phil Noble