Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has reiterated his faith Kimi Raikkonen can return to winning ways in 2017 having seen him come close in Monaco and Hungary despite his last Formula 1 race win coming over four-and-a-half years ago.

Raikkonen, Ferrari’s last F1 world champion back in 2007, returned to the Italian manufacturer for 2014 and despite grabbing 11 rostrums in that time the Finnish driver is yet to make it on to the top step of the rostrum – a run going back to the 2013 Australian Grand Prix when he was driving for Lotus.

After heavy criticism from Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne, speculation surrounding Raikkonen’s future at Ferrari was put to rest when he secured a new one-year deal alongside Sebastian Vettel for 2018 and Arrivabene feels he has one of the strongest driver line-ups on the F1 grid.

Asked whether he thought Raikkonen could return to winning ways with Ferrari, the team boss believes it could happen before the end of the current season having come close at Monaco and Hungary despite losing out to Vettel on both occasions.

“He demonstrated that he could be capable to do it in Monaco,” Arrivabene said. “Also in Hungary he was nearly there. I would be happy if Kimi is going to win a race during the course of this season.

“For me, it could be a dream, because he was working so hard during the last three years and I think if he is going to win I can be happy.”


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 Like most people, I would prefer to see him win his second Drivers Title THIS year rather than watch Vettel possibly win a fifth.  The last thing I want to see is Hambone win a fourth title due to having the fastest car on the grid by a mile!!!

Sad but true, Hambone may be all over record books, but let's be frank; he was No. 2 driver to Jenson and he lost a title by a guy called "Britney". Yeah, in F1 (and life in general) you need all the luck you can get, and Lulu must find new storage spaces for all the luck in the past years. He should swap seats with Alonso, to see how really good he truly is. He'll never do silly thing like  "Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Adventure", but man, I'd love to see him in a car that smokes a lot. No, I don't mean Honda right away...

They should be dreaming of Vettel winning the title for them. It wont happen with Raikkonen. 

What? Hope it happens.

Giving both pilots equal opportunity would help having both of them win races. For this year there is no way Kimi will finish in front of Vettel unless there is a Mercedes in between.

That will happen, season is looooong

Just a question why does the safety car never go as fast as it could, several races you can see it actually slowing like in Belgium? Or in China ? 

The dream involves Vettel's car failing to finish.  It won't happen though because they've usually compromised Kimi's weekend well before we get to the halfway point of the race

I'm sure Maurizio and the Red Crew are betting everything on one horse, but it could bite them in the end. Kimi is masterclass, with or without BWOAH moments