Retired F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen revealed his professional clashes with former McLaren boss Ron Dennis, saying there were disagreements between them.
Raikkonen was scouted and pried away from Sauber by Dennis after his impressive debut season in F1. The McLaren kingpin was convinced that the Finn was F1’s next big thing and earmarked him as a future world champion.
However, despite spending five season at McLaren, the Iceman never won the world championship with the team. Ironically, he would win his first and only title with McLaren’s rivals Ferrari in 2007. However, he did finish runner-up twice with the team, and won nine races for them.
Now, Raikkonen revealed his clashes with Dennis that used to happen at times, saying they were not on the same page all the time.
“I think it was good,” Raikkonen told F1’s ‘Beyond The Grid’ podcast when asked about his relationship with McLaren’s former boss, as quoted by f1i.com.
“Obviously, there was a lot said and written about it, but I think internally (it) was good. I think we had a good relationship.
“Obviously we had some things that we didn’t agree (on), but that happens. I think even after when I left, and I saw him at the track, we would talk and joke about things. I think outside he is a lot different than he is at the track. I don’t have anything bad to say. We have our different opinions on certain things, but that’s how it goes.”
Orange to red
Raikkonen also explained the difference between the McLaren and Ferrari camps at the time, saying that both had their own approaches towards success.
“Probably the philosophy of how to run things, and the meetings and then obviously the language,” he explained.
“Everybody speaks English at the meetings and stuff, but it’s just the nationalities that make it run differently, and maybe Italians are bit more passionate about it on certain things than English teams.
“But it doesn’t mean that they’re doing it right or wrong, or the other people. They all have their good and bad sides in anything.”