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Raikkonen hints he wants 2019 deal

  • Published on 25 May 2018 14:41
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  • By: Jeroen Jonkers

Kimi Raikkonen has hinted he wants a new deal at Ferrari for 2019.

Charles Leclerc and Daniel Ricciardo are linked with the Finn's seat, but Sebastian Vettel has made clear he wants his friend Raikkonen to stay.

"I think he's fast enough compared to anyone out there," the German told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Ferrari may find it easy to find a driver, but it's much more difficult to find someone with the same values and respect," he added.

Raikkonen, 38, was coy when asked if he wants to stay.

"It's not my decision," he said. "It depends on the team and they know exactly what I want. I do not drive in formula one if I do not have fun," he said.

"The pleasure of driving is the only thing that keeps me here. I can do without everything else, even though it's the way it is.

"The decision is influenced by many things, but at least my passion for racing will not disappear from this moment to the end of the season," Raikkonen added.

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  • Time to get a guy who brings in most possible points.

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    • May 25 2018 - 15:17
    • Very much so. Now I like Vettel, but just steamroll him, and pick whichever driver you want, Ferrari, not the best number 2 driver for any of F1's 2 biggest current divas.

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      • May 25 2018 - 16:49
  • Ferrari's choices puzzle me. They are willing to do anything to win driver's championship like ruin races, obscene team orders, demoralizing drivers, etc. But on the other hand they keep on choosing mediocre drivers for their #2. Why the hell did they keep Massa and Raikkonen as long as they did? While Alonso and Vettel were winning races they struggled to get on the podium. Also, at least Massa was a likable, media friendly kind of a guy (not that it matter in terms of performance), but Raikkonen is perpetually pissed off, gives awful interviews, if he gets an odd podium he has that long face regardless. I was a big fan of his, but ever since he got back from rally it's like he feels contempt for F1. To hell with him. Besides, I still maintain hopes that Ferrari would have the balls to hire someone that could challenge Vettel.

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    • May 25 2018 - 18:36
    • Mr.Useless

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      I am not a fan of Rai, but let me point this out : it is not his face or his demeanor that has changed over time but your perception, rather. As far as ferrari goes, again, please don't follow this cliche 'merican thing - don't be this reactionary. They knew, each year, that they had deficient machinery. Recall the usual Dominicali. His non-changing reaction to every non-eventful, mediocre race(which were majority): "we need to calm down, we will look at things, learn and it is what it is". This was his response to every race in the years when Ferrari where nowhere - RB were beating them everytime. Recall those days when Vetter was at RB. So, then, Ferrari knew that with their car no matter what driver pairing they would have, they would not win. Yes, ferrari are not fastest or smartest when it comes to making time-sensitive, administrative decisions (like RB is for instance), but they are robust and risk averse - they filter out hysterisis, if you will, they don't do knee-jerk reactions when it comes to driver decisions. So to sum it up : over their non-competitive years, their drivers didn't matter one bit wrt to getting titles. Now, as far as their policy of getting two competitive drivers. They might. But, they, ferrari that is, treat drivers as disposable material - the team comes first. So, if one of the drivers needs to be sacrificed for "the championship" there is no question of "if" - it will be done without any hesitation. No matter if it would be soul destroying for that driver - they will do it. Usually, their #1 policy for the season is decided early on, like first 3 or 4 races decide who is #1 and who is to be #2. Usually, #2 is fucked over for the rest of the season. And, the next season, if the #2 doesn't show the speed by outperforming #1 in first two! races, he is deemed to be #2 even sooner than in the first year. So, ferrari have a tendency of making #2 drivers even from perfectly good #1 drivers, if they are unlucky somewhat. Also, none of ferrari drivers were very bad! Massa for instance is as good as Vandoorne for instance. Who is on avg 0.3 seconds slower than Alo. And Vandoorne was winning all the junior categories dominantly, that is, he must be quite competent driver. Recall how massa fared against stroll : he beat him badly. Stroll who is not given any credit, was some sort of a champion as well. Stroll is beating Sirotkin who was also displaying some credible racing in his past. So, Massa, the eternal #2 at ferrari, except for an odd season, was perfectly good and fast driver. Kimi, is also good - he is not too far from Vettel. Kimi quite often chokes when it matters, but speedwise he is as close to Vettel as say Webber was. And Webber was quite a qualifier. He is about 2 tenths down on vettel on avg. So, Kimi is stil a fast guy. Bare in mind that Vettel is probably fastest qulifier in F1. Surprisingly, Alonso was quite a margin faster than Kimi, and this margin was bigger than the one between Rai and Vettel, but that might have been because of the particular car they had which indeed was not to Rai's liking. So, Kimi would probably beat half the field in equal machinery - he will be on the level of perez/ocon/hulk/sainz, if not better. He will beat grosjean/mag/hartley/gasly/leclerc/eri. So, ferrari are quite rational when it comes to selecting their drivers. They need a fast and stable guy who will galvanize the team around him - it can be anyone, as long as he is rather fast. The second guy can be anyone as well. In other words, my point here is : put equally good two drivers into the team and ferrari will make one of them a #1 and the other #2. And that will be decided in the first two seasons of the pairing and this order will probably last as long as they will be driving for ferrari. The drivers are not a problem at ferrari - it is their cars. They suck most of the time. RB were beating them. Now it is Mercedes that is beating them. Ferrari are the default benchmark to beat - they are a safe and conservative, risk-averse team. They are mediocre on every level. They are not best at anything really. Except their reliability. And there you have it. Ferrari suck. They are not RB, who happen to have a really good aerodynamist. They are not the engine-gurus : merc hit gold buying out what they now call AMG HPP - Cowell and co. Ferrari can only beat other mediocre teams like force india, mclaren(sadly they are not a top team any more), renault, willams(for historical reasons this is a team I consider a mid-table team, although they are at the bottom now).

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      • May 25 2018 - 21:11
    • @APJ Does it? Remember, this is Ferrari we are talking about, and this is the way they've always done things.

      That aside, we might have a record for longest post ever on f1today.net!

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      • May 25 2018 - 22:31
    • dr002

      Posts: 141

      @Mr. Useless, I agree with you that the team must come first in terms of decisions made as to driver order on track, the problem is that Raikkonen’s on track position is being sacrificed in favour of Vettel, not the team, such as in instances when Raikkonen is used to back up the field in order to allow Vettel to catch up, with Vettel then allowed past.

      I agree with @AJP, Raikkonen was once entertaining, however now is becoming trying. His lack of emotion on the podium and in the interview pen is just blahhhh, give me someone who is enthusiastic, passionate and genuinely exuberant for F1 anyday!!

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      • May 26 2018 - 01:47
  • Mr.Useless

    Posts: 18

    @DR002 Ferrari always valued driver's championship more than the constructors championship.

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    • May 26 2018 - 06:31
    • blade

      Posts: 341

      @Mr.Useless - I find myself agreeing with everything you say - except you talk of Vettel as being the faster qualifier - I don't think that's right. Its impossible to be 100% confident in this - would Max beat Vettel in similar machinery, and once you have settled that one - who would beta Hamilton - on his day unbeatable (not my words, the words of many ex and current F1 drivers).

      Back to Rai - I don't necessarily agree he's boring for F1 - he brings mystique and for sure he's different - 'one-man' - hardly supposed to be explosive is he?

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      • May 26 2018 - 11:17
    • blade

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      I meant 'ice-man ' !!

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      • May 26 2018 - 11:18

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