Hamilton warned of a Raikkonen backlash

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London, Mar.24 (ANI): Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton was last night warned to expect a Kimi Raikkonen backlash this season.

Grand Prix chief Bernie Ecclestone reckons Finn Raikkonen will want to prove a point after a nightmare defence of his drivers' crown last year, reports The Sun.

Ecclestone believes this year will be a different story, especially if Raikkonen gets a flier when the season starts in Australia on Sunday.

Ecclestone, 78, said: "Kimi is an absolutely super guy. I'm sure if he manages to win a few of the first races he will go on to win the World Championship.

Ecclestone has also tipped Red Bull racer Sebastian Vettel to be a major force. (ANI)

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