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Kimi Raikkonen

Raikkonen on relationship with Ron Dennis: We had our different opinions

Kimi Raikkonen admits that, whilst his relationship with former McLaren team boss Ron Dennis was widely discussed at the time, he mostly feels positive about it on reflection.

Kimi Raikkonen has given an insight into his relationship with former McLaren team boss Ron Dennis.

Dennis was CEO of the Woking-based squad when Raikkonen joined in 2002. The Finn remained with the outfit until 2006, and during that time his antics both on and off the circuit attracted a lot of attention.

Reflecting on it now, Raikkonen thinks that his relationship with Dennis was mostly positive, despite the fact that they "didn't agree" on everything.

"I think it was good," Raikkonen told the Beyond The Grid podcast.

"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."

Raikkonen has "different opinions" to Dennis

Raikkonen departed McLaren at the end of the 2006 F1 season to join Ferrari. He says that he remained on good terms with Dennis even after leaving.

"I think even after when I left, and I saw him at the track, we would talk and joke about things," Raikkonen explained.

"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."

With Raikkonen's time working with McLaren and Dennis followed by his first stint with Ferrari, he admits that there were variations in how each side functioned.

When asked about the biggest differences between the two, Raikkonen explained: "Probably the philosophy of how to run things, and the meetings and then obviously the language.

"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."

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