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Vettel wants Raikkonen as toughest rival

Sebastian Vettel wants team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to be his toughest rival for the 2016 F1 title as it will mean Ferrari has built the strongest car.
Sebastian Vettel says he wants Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to be his toughest rival for the 2016 F1 world championship as it will mean the Italian squad has built the strongest car.

The Ferrari driver, who dominated F1 by taking four consecutive world titles with former team Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, switched to the Maranello squad last season in a bid to hunt down Mercedes. The German manufacturer has effectively been unstoppable since the regulations revamp in 2014 with the V6 hybrid turbo engines and has stormed to back-to-back drivers', teams' and manufacturers' championships.

Vettel was the only driver to beat the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in 2015 by winning three races – Malaysia, Hungary and Singapore – and is aiming to cut Mercedes' advantage again with a fight for a fifth F1 drivers' crown.

Speaking on his official website, the German 28-year-old says he wants Kimi Raikkonen as his fiercest rival for the F1 championship as it will demonstrate Ferrari has produced a stronger all-round car package compared to Mercedes.

“I hope [to fight] Kimi, because that would mean that we have a very strong car, with which we can both go for the F1 world championship,” Vettel said.

The Ferrari driver line-up still boasts the highest number of F1 world championships collectively with Vettel's (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and Raikkonen's (2007) combined five titles outweighing McLaren (three) and Mercedes (three).



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01.11.2015 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
11.10.2015 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
11.10.2015 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid

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George Zaidan

February 16, 2016 8:16 PM

benignlyindifferent:
rob01: He's paired with another Webber. Just like he requested.
Kimi has had a bad run of late but recently his pace has improved and hopefully he will be back to form for the start. But comparing his 20 wins, 80 podiums and 1 championship to Webber's 9 wins, 42 podiums and 0 championships is a slight embellishment, is it not?
ignore rob, his idea of Vettel is that he isn't suppose to win races or championships, nor better himself by driving for a company where every other driver on the grid dreams of driving for.



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