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Raikkonen has to win in 2016

  • Published on 05 Oct 2015 08:04
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  • By: Harry Shovelar

Kimi Raikkonen, whose return to Ferrari in 2014, has been a rather mixed two years. Coming off the back of emphatically beating a revived Romain Grosjean at Lotus, he has not enjoyed the same success with Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. Arguably his team mates at Ferrari have been of excellent pedigree, but, the 2007 World Champion has been noted for his lacklustre performances lately.

Although the 2014 Ferrari was not a race nor a podium worthy car, this year's SF15-T, however, has proven to be a genuine top three contender. But unfortunately, the Finn has only tasted the champagne twice, whereas his counterpart Vettel, has made an impressive ten appearance on the podium this year alone.

After signing a new one-year extension on his contract, Raikkonen believes that 2016 will be much more profitable for the Finn. 

“Hopefully we can win, but that's the aim always,” he said. “I wouldn't be here if I didn't believe that. It hasn't been an ideal year, but there's good things and obviously we have to clear up some things from our side to ensure we get results in the end. 

“If it happens this year then it happens, if not we try next year again but obviously the aim is to be first."

With young up and coming stars such as Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and proven quantities of Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean. Kimi Raikkonen will need to produce something to justify his seat for the 2017 season, whereby Ferrari will no doubt be stronger than they already are.

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  • We dont actually know if they'll be closer to Mercedes next year, for all we know the germans could very well have yet another card in their sleeve. But I really hope they'll be able to challenge them, and would be nice if Williams and a few others could be up there aswell. Would be awesome with another year like 2012, when it in overall was a very tight grid.

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    • Oct 5 2015 - 08:12
    • I bloody hope not Calle haha

      2012, was such a great season, in complete agreement with you there

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      • Oct 5 2015 - 08:15

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