F1 » Kate Walker: The Kimi conundrum for Ferrari


Kate Walker looks at Kimi Raikkonen's recent struggles for Ferrari and fears the team could find itself with a weakened driver line-up in future years

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Eamo

July 11, 2014 10:06 AM

Kimi Raikkonen knows how to drive. It is bred into him. We know motivation is'nt the problem, as Raikkonen appears to be doing more than ever. So what the hell is going on? Something isn't marrying between him and the car and time is running out. I suspect Ferrari may lose patience. It would be sad to see him bow out of F1 without another win. Hopefully he will still be there next season and Ferrari can build a car more bespoke to his talents.

Taz

July 11, 2014 10:18 AM

Raikkonen showed at Lotus what he can do with a decent car. The whole story isn't coming out. Interesting to hear that Marinalo has vacated his office if it's true.

Kimi is pretty canny though , if they want him to go away they''ll have to buy out his contract...again.

Dreadnaught

July 11, 2014 10:20 AM

When you build a dog and have limited development time you concentrate on the devil you know. Second drivers at Ferrari have often had a difficult time if their style differs markedly from the chosen one especially if the circuit is "difficult".

Durishin

July 11, 2014 11:10 AM

I think that, for a moment in Silverstone, Kimi forgot that he was in an F1 car, not a WRC car. With the F14T, could anyone blame him? But Kimi doesn't suffer well and will lose interest - even though Mattiacci has publicly said that he thinks Kimi is "cool." We will see.

If Alonso leaves for McLaren, it will prove that he has mot matured much in judgement since he left. McLaren are an even more deeply layered structure who are even slower at producing a fast car (to wit, they have Mercedes engines, looked competitive over the winter and in Australia but, at this point - with all of their mighty resources - are well behind than Williams).

Mattiacci has one heck of a job. I say: hold onto the best driver of his generation at all costs (hell sponsor the bicycle team), let Kimi go if he wants to go and get Bianchi into the car.

fourteenseven

July 11, 2014 11:15 AM

Dreadnaught: When you build a dog and have limited development time you concentrate on the devil you know. Second drivers at Ferrari have often had a difficult time if their style differs markedly from the chosen one especially if the circuit is "difficult".

agreed, Ferrari have had Kimi in almost the same position before, so they know exactly how he operates. its highly debateable that Hulk, Bianchi or any other potential star would be doing any better in the fiat than Raikkonen at the moment, remeber the last few races we have seen Jenson Button in his 'slow' McLaren cruise past Alonso in the closing stages of the last few races.

BUGOY

July 11, 2014 12:09 PM

What are the difference in the driving style of the two? are they that far apart in their style that they can't find a common set up for them to make the car behave the way they want it to behave? but the fact is that the F14T is one dog of a car.

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