FERRARI TEAM MATES: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (left) and Kimi Raikkonen share a joke at the 2015 Bahrain GP. Raikkonen is reportedly happier than he's ever been at the team. Image: AP / Luca Bruno
MADRID, Spain - Kimi Raikkonen considered returning to F1 retirement after his disastrous 2014 season, according to a Spanish sports daily.
He bounced back from a slump in Bahrain by breathing down reigning champion and championship leader Lewis Hamilton neck.
It came after an horror 2014 for Raikkonen, who was thrashed by his now-departed former Ferrari team mate Fernando Alonso.
FRUSTRATED IN F1
A source close to the 2007 champion is quoted as saying by the Spanish daily Marca: "He wants to stay at Ferrari, 100%."
Marca claims after Bahrain that Raikkonen "seriously considered" returning to retirement at the end of last season.
Marca reported: "He could not get the car how he wanted and was very frustrated."
But that has all changed in 2015, as Raikkonen is happy with the James Allison-penned SF15-T and the better atmosphere under new boss Maurizio Arrivabene.
The source said: "He is a different person now, he's happy and excited."
FINALLY WAKES UP
After his first Ferrari tenure ended in 2009, Raikkonen spent two years in rallying and Nascar.
Raikkonen said: "The only problem I have, is that Seb is faster in qualifying, but that changes in the race."
Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport said after Bahrain: "Raikkonen, dreaming of a new Ferrari contract, finally wakes up."
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