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F1: Raikkonen hits out at claims he lacks motivation amid struggles

Kimi Raikkonen has hit back at suggestions his motivation is suffering as a result of his difficult start to the Formula 1 season.

The Finn returned to Ferrari from Lotus for this year and has struggled to match team-mate Fernando Alonso so far.

Raikkonen has found the handling of his F14 T difficult in the early races and sits 12th in the drivers' championship with only 11 points compared to third-placed Alonso's 41.

Raikkonen trailed home eighth in the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, complaining of a lack of grip, while Alonso recorded the Scuderia's first podium of this campaign.

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Raikkonen fired back at reporters when it was suggested his motivation might be suffering as a result of his disappointing start to 2014.

"I don't know why you always come up with motivation - if I didn't have motivation I wouldn't be here," said Raikkonen.

"It's f**k all to do with this.

"We have bad races and it's an unfortunate thing, but that's how it goes sometimes. The aim is to improve.

"There's a lot of work to do. We haven't had a single race where we've been happy with everything.

"Things have been difficult so far, but once we get more mileage we can work things out."

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