user icon

Toyota's Makinen says Ferrari should keep Raikkonen

  • Published on 31 May 2018 11:26
  • comments 5
  • By: Jeroen Jonkers

Toyota world rally boss Tommi Makinen has played down speculation Kimi Raikkonen could leave Ferrari at the end of the year.

Makinen, who heads the works Toyota Gazoo Racing rally team, was a guest of Raikkonen's at Monaco.

His deputy Mia Miettinen, also in the Principality, said: "Kimi could be a Toyota (rally) driver, but first he has to decide if he will continue his career with Ferrari."

Amid rumours Ferrari is looking to replace him for 2019, and faced with the rally speculation, Raikkonen insisted he has "no agreement on anything".

Makinen said he thinks it is likely Raikkonen will stay in formula one.

"I have not talked to Kimi about it," he told Ilta Sanomat newspaper.

"It is rumoured that he could possibly continue with Ferrari. He has been doing excellently this year and the results would have been much better without bad luck.

"I would like to see Kimi continue where he is currently," Makinen added.

Replies (5)

Login to reply
  • He improved a lot this year. But, a better driver would have scored a win and more points for the team. Perhaps, he is the better bang for buck at his salary point. But, i'd argue money is/should be the focus for Ferrari with that good of a car.

    • + 0
    • May 31 2018 - 16:43
    • He has been an adequate #2 driver instead of a mediocre one. People see that he is a couple of positions down the grid from Vettel on quali, or being out-qualified by 0.3 instead of 0.6m and call that "great progress." I guess within the realm of mediocrity it is improvement, but in no way it justifies the price tag on Raikkonen. He probably makes Ricciardo's salary 7x.

      • + 0
      • May 31 2018 - 18:34
    • Better bang for his buck? Not really. He is one of the most expensive drivers on the grid, and perform at this level? Many drivers would be better than Kimi at this rate.

      • + 0
      • May 31 2018 - 19:20
  • Major Tom

    Posts: 152

    I don't think he has improved much - it just looks like it because Vettel has slumped even more.

    • + 0
    • Jun 1 2018 - 12:08
  • dr002

    Posts: 141

    I know F1 drivers are wired differently to us mere mortals, but knowing how my life changed once I had a kid, I still can't help but think that having two Dads driving for Ferrari is not the optimum way to go. Surely, being a Dad alters even an F1 driver's perspective, mindset and performance.

    Verstappen is proof that a level of maturity is required, but somewhere along the continuum from arrogant reckless teenager to 30's something husband / parent there must surely be a point at which even an F1 driver's performance peaks.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there is not a place for older drivers in F1, but having two dads in the same team is surely not optimal, and certainly closes the door to younger drivers having a go against there more experienced counterparts; to the extent that I think it is selfish of Vettel to continue to insist on having Raikkonen as his support driver.

    I'd like to see Kimi stay in F1, but I would much rather see him stay within the Ferrari fold and lead the team (and challenge a young up and coming driver) at Sauber / Alfa Romeo, than continue to be a number 2 to a disappointing Vettel at Ferrari........ Have a go Kimi!

    • + 0
    • Jun 2 2018 - 04:01

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Country Finland
  • Date of b. Oct 17 1979 (41)
  • Place of b. Espoo, Finland
  • Weight 62 kg
  • Length 1.75 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
20 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
1 - Oct 3
Singapore
8 - Oct 10
Japan
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
29 - Oct 31
Mexico
5 - Nov 7
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Australia
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
20 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
1 - Oct 3
8 - Oct 10
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
29 - Oct 31
5 - Nov 7
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
Australia Albert Park
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar