SUPPORTING THE ICE-MAN: Jacques Villeneuve said he has become a fan of Kimi Raikkonen (pictured). Image: AP / Antonio Calanni
Monza, Italy - Jacques Villeneuve says he is no longer a critic of Kimi Raikkonen.
Earlier, the 1997 world champion regularly hit out at the performance and questionable motivation of the Ferrari driver.
But Villeneuve said at Monza: "I have become a Kimi fan."
An improved Kimi
Villeneuve said of the 2007 world champion: "I'm very surprised by how much Kimi has improved, and how well he is currently driving.
"He seems to be more concentrated than ever before," Villeneuve told the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.
"A couple of years ago, Kimi seemed bored, as if he was only there because he had a contract. But now everything is different."
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Villeneuve concluded: "Kimi seems to be happy, he speaks a lot with the press, he is highly motivated and clearly he is enjoying his driving.
"I think his happiness has come from his family life with his wife and son. It's like everything in Kimi's life is in balance."