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Kimi Raikkonnen's second spell at Ferrari has been far from what the Finn had expected.
Having left Maranello at the end of the 2009 season, Raikkonen seems to have picked up from where he left off at the Italian outfit – battling in the mid-field.
His final four races with Ferrari in 2009 – a 10th, 4th, 6th and 12th – aren't immensely different from what he has achieved in the first five races this year – 7th, 12th, 10th, 8th and 7th.
Struggling to come in terms with the latest challenger, the Finn made some progress at the Spanish Grand Prix but felt he was robbed off a better result, in favour of his teammate Fernando Alonso who was racing in front of his home fans.
"It went wrong at the end, sorry about that," his race engineer Antonio Spagnolo said over the radio after Raikkonen crossed the finish line in seventh place in Barcelona one position behind Alonso.
"Yes, but who is making the calls?" asked Raikkonen referring to the pit calls which saw the Spaniard pitting first between the two. "In one of those... I mean it seems to me at least we are not... We seem to be getting second choice!
"So, I wanna know what the hell is going on," he demanded.
RAIKKONEN FERRARI'S NUMBER 2 DRIVER?
It's believed that Alonso may have got preferential treatment in Barcelona as it was his home Grand Prix, an event attended by Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo, who is hoping to keep the Spaniard in the team following yet another season where he has been handed a car incapable of fighting for the championship.
Raikkonen was furious and speechless. In one of the post-race television interviews he shrugged off a question when asked whether he felt he should have pitted first, usually a standard strategy between teammates where the leader is given preference in the stops.
Alonso defended the tactic stating that not only his tyres were shot but he covering Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel in the race, and took no satisfaction in Ferrari finishing sixth and seventh.
FERRARI HUNTING FOR NEWEY AND BRAWN?
Recent rumours have suggested that Alonso’s management made inquiries for a potential seat at Mercedes, while Ferrari was hunting former team principal Ross Brawn and Red Bull’s technical wizard Adrian Newey to join the team in attempts to keep its star driver from leaving.
"You can understand why Ferrari would be looking," said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner dismissing the speculation that Newey could be lured away to a team that hasn't won any championship since 2008.
Brawn was spotted at Maranello earlier this month but his visit was played down as a scheduled tour for his friends.
Moreover, the appointment of new team principal Marco Mattiacci at Ferrari hasn't borne any fruit yet, nor has been there any signs of any seeds being planted.
It's little wonder that Raikkonen wants to know "what the hell is going on."