Kimi Raikkonen F1 2019 deal already having impact on Sauber team
The benefits of Kimi Raikkonen’s return to Sauber for the 2019 Formula 1 season are already becoming apparent, says boss Fred Vasseur.
Having lost his Ferrari seat to Charles Leclerc, Raikkonen will next year rejoin the Sauber team that gave him his F1 debut in 2001.
Vasseur said news of Raikkonen’s arrival had an instant motivational impact.
"The reaction in the factory was huge," Vasseur told Autosport.
"It’s a huge push to consider that someone like Kimi could join the project, that he trusts the team, he trusts everybody in the team.
"It’s giving you self-confidence – ‘The guy in front of me, who is a world champion, is considering that I can do a good job, so full push.’
"I was in the design office when we issued internally the email saying that Kimi will join and the reaction was: ‘wow!’"
With Sauber’s Swiss base away from F1’s heartland, the team has often struggled to recruit personnel.
But its Alfa Romeo partnership and now Raikkonen are changing that.
"We already had the same push when Alfa joined," Vasseur said.
"Before this we were chasing CVs like hell, and then we received tons of CVs.
"I think it will be the same also with Kimi. This is important, recruiting. It’s not a matter of numbers, you need to find the right one.
"And if the paddock is convinced that we have a strong project we will receive many more CVs, and I think Kimi is part of the motivation.
"He will convince the guys in the paddock. If Kimi is able to join Sauber, he trusts the project, then everybody will do the same."
Raikkonen’s return is also likely to have commercial benefits for Sauber.
"The announcement of Kimi was a huge push also in terms of marketing," Vasseur added.
"We will discover the impact of Kimi’s situation week after week.
"On the grid he’ll be with one of the three world champions next year, with Seb [Vettel] and Lewis [Hamilton], and he has a huge impact.
"We are receiving offers from every single area, from sponsors, it’s a very strange feeling.
"I probably even underestimated the impact. I’m not a big fan of social media, but it’s a huge thing."
Vasseur sees Raikkonen’s key role as helping to push the technical side.
"He has the reputation to be a very good technician, with very strong feedback," he said.
"Probably when you are 450 people it’s more important to have this kind of guy than when you are two or three times bigger.
"We need to have a strong leader on the driver side.
"He has very strong feedback, and he’s probably one of the best, or the best.
"Kimi was a bit unexpected 12 months ago, but 12 months ago we were absolutely nowhere.
"I couldn’t imagine that I will convince Kimi to join the team!
"But thanks to everybody in the company, because we made a good improvement, I think Kimi will enjoy racing with us."
Oggi in gara non è successo granché; la macchina si comportava bene e avevamo una buona velocità, ma il più delle volte siamo rimasti bloccati dietro a qualcuno e abbiamo dovuto gestire le gomme. In questa pista è impossibile sorpassare, a meno che chi ti sta davanti non commetta un grosso errore. Potevo vedere che Bottas aveva difficoltà con la gomma anteriore destra e a volte andava in bloccaggio; riuscivo ad avvicinarmi a lui, ma non abbastanza per superarlo. Nel settore centrale del tracciato diventava anche difficile seguirlo perché perdevo carico aerodinamico. Nel primo stint eravamo rimasti fuori più a lungo sperando in una Safety Car, ma non è successo. La qualifica qui è la chiave di tutto, ovviamente quando parti dietro la tua gara finisce per essere noiosa, bloccato dietro ad altre macchine. Non c’è stato modo di usare tutta la nostra velocità. Ovviamente volevamo di più, abbiamo fatto quello che potevamo ma questo è tutto quello che abbiamo ottenuto.
“Queste qualifiche sono state un po’ più difficili di quello che ci aspettavamo” ha commentato Kimi. “In generale abbiamo faticato a mettere subito le gomme in temperatura e farle funzionare facilmente come era successo per tutto il weekend, per cui sono rimasto un po’ sorpreso. Le cose possono cambiare facilmente dalle prove alle qualifiche ed ecco perché non c’è motivo di guardare i tempi registrati durante le prove, soprattutto in circuiti come questo. Il risultato finale ovviamente non è eccezionale; questo è un tipo di circuito in cui se fai tutto per bene, il tempo sul giro ti premia, ma se hai delle difficoltà, il divario cresce molto velocemente. Domani sarà una giornata lunga e tutti sembrano essere molto vicini. Sarà una gara lunga, difficile e movimentata e di solito qui possono accadere molte cose. Cercheremo di fare le scelte giuste e svolgere il nostro lavoro”.
Kimi Raikkonen calls Ferrari’s Singapore GP qualifying slump ‘odd’
Kimi Raikkonen says it is "a bit odd" that the Ferrari Formula 1 car could not work its tyres properly in Singapore Grand Prix qualifying and unexpectedly struggled for pace.
Raikkonen topped the times on Friday while team-mate Sebastian Vettel lapped half a second quicker than Mercedes in final practice on Saturday.
But Lewis Hamilton claimed a surprise pole for Mercedes while Max Verstappen beat Vettel to the front row in his Red Bull, and Raikkonen could only manage fifth.
Raikkonen, who lapped 0.779 seconds off the pace and was more than a tenth slower than his team-mate, said: "We could [switch the tyres on] but not as well as we wanted and it was more difficult for sure than at any other point of the weekend.
"That is what is a bit odd.
"Sometimes it goes like that. In the end the result is not great in this kind of place where you need to have everything right."
Raikkonen said it had been a "very straightforward" weekend up to qualifying, with no changes made after final practice, and admitted "I am a bit surprised" by the result.
Vettel told his team over the radio during qualifying that Mercedes was preparing its tyres differently and Ferrari needed to take note.
Raikkonen was not sure if the slump was down to tyre preparation or a need to alter the car’s set-up.
"If you look at how it has been all weekend, it has been very easy," he said.
"Everything is running smoothly and that is why I was a bit surprised because honestly it is not like it is different conditions than earlier this weekend.
"It is not the first time that sometimes you found out in qualifying that things are not as you expect, but at that point there is not much you can do."
Raikkonen said there was not a major change in his car’s behaviour but "enough" to stop Ferrari from challenging.
He believes that minor changes would have meant it was "suddenly half a second faster because it is the nature" of the Singapore circuit.
"At a place like this it is fundamental to have it exactly as you want because there are so many corners and it is such a long track," Raikkonen said.
"You lose even half a tenth in one place and when that happens in a few corners you suddenly have three or four tenths difference.
"That is what is tricky here. It wasn’t bad. But for sure it wasn’t as easy as it has been so far."
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Maurizio ARRIVABENE (Ferrari), Frédéric VASSEUR (Sauber), Guenther STEINER (Haas), Gil DE FERRAN (McLaren)
Q: Maurizio, please can we start with you? Welcome. There have been lots of announcements coming out of Ferrari this past week. Your 2019 driver line-up is sorted, with Charles Leclerc replacing Kimi Räikkönen. Talk us through how and why that change has taken place?
Maurizio ARRIVABENE: How and why? It’s not clear? OK, I try to be clear. When you make some choices like this, that are related to the driver, you don’t have to look only at the short-term commitment but also at the long-term commitment. A long-term commitment means it’s not only for next year, it’s for the future of the team – how you are going to grow a young talent, and what you want to expect from him for the future. That’s very simple. It’s not a decision taken by Mr Simpson; it’s a decision taken by me, discuss it also with the top management, that is taking into consideration many, many factors. This has nothing to do with the respect that I have for Kimi, that is great, as a human being and a driver, but if you have to do a choice, thinking about the future of the team, I think we made the right choice, for us and for Kimi. And the way that we wrote the press release was absolutely intentional. We were using a different style, breaking a bit the rules of Ferrari, that is normally going to communicate this in one line, broke the rules, giving also tribute and respect to Kimi for what he has done with us and wishing him the best for the future, and the best for the future it’s here.
Q: Fréd, thank you for waiting. Yesterday in the press conference, Kimi wasn’t that forthcoming when asked about his move to Sauber, so can you just put a little bit of flesh on the bone for us. How did you persuade Kimi to continue his career with your team?
Frédéric VASSEUR: I don’t want to say, like my future driver, ‘why not?’ but I think for us coming from where we were last year… I had a look this morning on the FP1 of 2017, I think it is a huge opportunity to have in our car, in the Alfa Romeo Sauber, one of the three world champions who will race next year. It’s a huge opportunity for the team, for the brand, for everybody. We know that we are quite a young team also and we need to have someone leading the team with a huge experience and I think Kimi will fulfill all the parts of this.
Q: (Andrew Benson – BBC Sport) Maurizio. How concerned are you by the errors being made by your lead driver in several races this year, and questionable race management decisions by the team – and what are you doing about them?
MA: Oh my God! Again! OK, I start from the second one and I want to be clear, once and forever. I mean, I would ask some of you, all of you, who is so crazy to give team order to a driver at the start of the race? I mean, we do our thing with the maximum professional effort. Before the race we are looking at the video of the start of the race, our team manager is giving instruction on the best line to follow to the driver. The only team order you can tell to the driver at the first corner is “guys, I would like to have both of the cars OK.” All the rest, I mean, it’s nonsense. I explain you the reason why. Kimi, in the case of Monza, was in pole position. Do we agree for once on this? He was in pole position right? Sebastian was 8m from him. How you think that Kimi can look on his side where Sebastian is? In your opinion, the order is “Kimi, please slow down when you start, and don’t worry if Hamilton and all the others, they are overtaking you.” What we are discussing about? That is the answer to your question. And then, team order, do you think the team orders, they were invented in Monza last weekend? I don’t think so. It’s 28 years that I’m in Formula One and I always heard team orders. There are many ways to give it to the team: before, during, after. That’s not important. The problem in Monza is that you have no time to give team order to anyone, because at the third corner it’s happened what has happened. So, this is the reality. I mean, don’t expect me to give team orders to the driver at the start of the race, looking forward to the first corner. It’s too dangerous and it’s crazy.
Q: (Stuart Codling – Autosport) Fred, what do you expect Kimi to bring to your team next year that you haven’t got already and can’t get elsewhere?
FV: Clearly Kimi has huge experience in F1, I think he already told that yesterday. For the team, we are building up every single department and I think he will be very supportive in the process. I think from aero to design office to track engineering, tyre management, I think everybody in the team is more than welcome to have Kimi on board in the future. It’s a step forward for us for sure. This is on the technical side and on the more marketing and commercial side, for sure it’s a huge push and if you have a look at what we had last week in terms of social media, so it was probably the first time in our lives that we have so many connections. On both sides, I think it will be supportive for us.
Q: Fred, are there still a lot of people at the team who can remember him from 2001?
FV: Some, yeah. For sure, I was not there but some guys came to my office saying ‘ah, superb that Kimi’s back.’ But I don’t want to consider the fact that Kimi’s coming back that we have to think about the future, not about the past.
Q: (Jake Michaels – ESPN) Maurizio, you said earlier that Kimi’s move from Ferrari to Sauber next year is the best thing for Ferrari and for Kimi. Can you explain why that’s the case and why the best thing for Kimi isn’t to stay at Ferrari?
MA: It’s quite simple. I also said that it’s very important to look at the situation of the team in perspective, perspective meaning two or three years. So in my opinion, that is justifying enough our choice to have a young driver for next year, to grow up and that’s it. It’s not a decision that is look on the actual situation or only to next year. My job is to look forward to the future of the team. That was the justification of the choice.
Q: (Jerome Pugmire – AP) Maurizio, just to follow up on that, Kimi said yesterday it wasn’t his decision and wasn’t his choice. Can you explain how he took the decision and did he try and persuade you to change your mind? How did he feel about it?
MA: I think Kimi was funny also yesterday during the press conference. I try to be funny too. What did you expect Kimi to tell you, that Homer Simpson took the decision? Of course I took the decision but I have to say that the relationship with Kimi is so good that he understands. It’s not only a question of telling him this is the decision. If you do my job properly, it’s to take him through the process, and I took him through the process of the decision and he didn’t even try to say ‘yeah, I would like you to change your mind’ or something. He’s a professional driver. Then I heard many other things like ‘ah, you know, telling him in Monza was the wrong time.’ Think about if I had told him in Belgium and Sebastian was winning the race? Kimi was in the same position and then it was wrong to tell him in Belgium. So the right time is not written on the paper, but what is written on the paper is that when we sign contracts with a driver, we sign a contract with professional drivers. I always talk with my two drivers as professional drivers and I’m expecting from him the maximum of professional effort and to use all their professional skills and Kimi is one of them. Kimi was so nervous and so unhappy that I told him on Thursday, if I’m not wrong, in Monza but he was so unhappy that he made pole position on Saturday. We’re talking with professional drivers.
FV: I have to make him unhappy ever single weekend!
MA: Yeah, in fact that’s what I was thinking afterwards, because when I read some criticism and I said I accept the criticism, I was thinking OK, if it’s like this, I’m going to make him unhappy every weekend so he’s going to give us the pole position. Guys. We are talking about professional drivers not kids that they are driving at the luna park.
Singapore – Il primo giorno a Marina Bay è dedicato soprattutto a prendere confidenza con le insidie di un tracciato che conta ben 23 curve, dove la prima sessione si svolge alla luce del sole e la seconda già in notturna. Kimi Raikkonen ha concluso la giornata segnando il miglior tempo alla fine della P2 – tra l’altro segnando un nuovo record della pista non ufficiale, su un tracciato ridotto di 2 metri in lunghezza – mentre Sebastian Vettel è stato l’unico pilota a non trarre vantaggio dalle Hypersoft. A seguito del contatto con la barriera verso l’ultima chicane, la sua SF71H è dovuta rientrare in garage per le dovute riparazioni fino al termine della sessione. Tuttavia, la macchina sembra essere veloce e la lotta per domani è aperta.
“Oggi tutto è filato liscio”, ha detto Kimi. “Durante la prima sessione abbiamo controllato diverse cose e abbiamo fatto alcune modifiche. Nel secondo turno di prove tutto sembrava funzionare. E’ stato un venerdì normale, ma ovviamente questa pista è diversa da molte altre e la seconda sessione si svolge in condizioni differenti rispetto alla prima. Gli pneumatici si sono comportati bene come ci aspettavamo. Le Hypersoft senza dubbio permettono la migliore aderenza in assoluto, per cui sono molto utili qui, almeno per pochi giri. Ovviamente non durano come le altre mescole, ma ne siamo consapevoli. Ho provato due fondi diversi; non c’è una differenza enorme fra l’uno e l’altro, ma non useremmo qualcosa se non pensassimo che vada meglio. Adesso continueremo a fare il nostro lavoro e vedremo come andrà domani. Di certo saremo tutti molto vicini”.
‘This guy is so strange’: The perfect symmetry of Raikkonen and Sauber
Not much changes with Kimi, does it?
He makes his F1 debut with Sauber when no one expects it. Then 17 years, a world championship and 20 wins later, he signs off his F1 career but making a surprise return to Hinwil. ‘Symmetry’ and ‘Raikkonen’ are not two words you would expect in the same sentence.
In fact, you could say his first association with the Swiss-based team was a surprise, even to the man in charge. Peter Sauber knew very little about Raikkonen mainly because the 21-year-old Finn had done no more than 23 races — in total.
The first mention came from the late David Robertson, a driver manager with a keen eye and a persuasive line of chat. Not only did the Englishman coax Sauber to consider this young guy who had done amazing things with a slick-shod kart in the wet, he also cajoled Peter to run a three-day test at Mugello.
"I’d never met David Robertson before," Sauber told me a few years ago. "Let’s just say David was an excellent salesman!
"We had no money and, normally, when you do a test for young drivers then you make a three-day test with six drivers and make it pay. But Robertson told me this guy is very, very special and he needs a car for three days. And, of course, they paid nothing. I still don’t understand why I made this decision!"
Sauber, almost reluctantly, turned up at the Italian track on the second day. Initial impressions were mixed, mainly because they had no common language and Kimi never spoke — not that he would say much in any case.
"But one or two things were very, very special," noted Sauber. "His body language was so impassive and he gave the impression he’s so totally focused that if he walks to you, he could walk through you. I thought — ‘this guy is so strange’."
As ever, Kimi would do his talking on the track. But even that was limited through choice. Raikkonen was told to do three or four laps. When these had been completed, he was instructed to do a run of 10 laps. He returned to the pits after four, his neck unable to withstand the strain on this fast, undulating track.
"Can you imagine?" says Sauber. "You get a test with a F1 team and they tell you: ‘Stay out for 10 laps’ And you come back after four. It was not possible for him to keep his head up — but he never spoke about it.
"Late in the day, he knows he’s under scrutiny from me. We give him a set of new tyres and reduce the fuel amount. It was clear the new tyres are worth one second and the fuel is another second. But we didn’t say anything. On the first lap, he was one second faster. On the second lap he was another second faster. Very impressive. I flew home together with Willy [Rampf, Sauber’s technical director] and we decide ‘Let’s sign him’."
That would turn out to be half the battle. Sauber was being sponsored by Red Bull and their favoured driver, Enrique Bernoldi, had been testing on the same day. Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s racing advisor, was keen to have the Brazilian in the race seat.
"Bernoldi was not good enough," recalled Sauber. "But Helmut Marko was so convinced about his own judgement and he told [Red Bull boss] Dietrich Mateschitz that Willy Rampf was cheating and gave Bernoldi more fuel and the wrong tyres to slow him down. Marko played a bad role; really bad. Mateschitz believed everything he was told — but, fortunately, I had a good relationship with Dietrich."
Good enough to have Raikkonen make his debut in the 2001 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, where he qualified 13th, had to be woken from a 30-minute slumber before the start of the race, went on to finish sixth – and then wonder what all the fuss was about.
Peter Sauber on Kimi’s return «Something like this I have never experienced again»
Peter Sauber, what do you think about the return of Kimi Räikkönen to Sauber?
I’ll say it now in the words of Adolf Ogi: Joy prevails. That this possibility exists, I already found out during my visit to Monza. That it worked, is a great signal. Kimi has an excellent reputation in Hinwil and is also very popular with the fans. His commitment will give the whole team a huge boost.
Does Räikkönen get his bread of charity in Hinwil?
Anything but that! Kimi is very ambitious and feels that Sauber is going uphill. A year ago he probably wouldn’t have taken this step. With his experience he will help the team in every respect. He has considered this step very well and will not want to lose his reputation.
You have discovered Kimi Räikkönen. How did that happen?
The English manager David Robertson came to Hinwil in winter 2001. By the way, his son Steve still looks after his Räikkönen today. Robertson told me about a prodigy in Formula Renault. A man without races in Formula 3 or Formula 3000, as Formula 2 was called then. My gut feeling told me: we test this man. Since that always costs money.
Then we went with 2 cars for three days to Mugello. Kimi was shy and taciturn. He barely spoke English. Well, he almost did not speak at all. But his body language was unique. When I first met him, I felt like he was walking through me. I never forget this impressive encounter. He just gave the impression of total determination.
And he was fast.
Yes. He has never used the clutch or changed gears on the steering wheel. But he drove out to the pit lane as if it was nothing. His lap times were very fast right from the start. And he was incredibly consistent. When we put him on track with 30 kilo less fuel then he was one second faster. And with new tires another second. Like a clockwork. I have never experienced something like that again. We were fascinated and signed him.
With a provisional super license.
Yes. In a plea I had to convince the other team bosses that we give this newcomer a super license. I asked them: Go and watch him driving. Then you will understand me.
Has there developed something like a father-son relationship?
Not as with young drivers like Karl Wendlinger. Räikkönen was too aloof for that. But up to this day he has a close relationship with team manager Beat Zehnder.
And in the first race of 2001 it worked right away.
That was in Australia. Kimi drove straight into the points and finished sixth. Nick Heidfeld finished fourth. At the end of the season, we finished fourth in the constructors’ championship. It was the most successful season for Sauber. It was better only with BMW, when we were once second and once third.
Will the return of the lost son Räikkönen give Formula 1 a new boom in Switzerland?
I hope so. A world champion returns to his second home. That’s a nice story and a great signal for the Sauber team.
Daniel Ricciardo surprised by Kimi Raikkonen’s Sauber deal
Daniel Ricciardo was surprised by Kimi Raikkonen’s two-year Sauber deal as he thought the Finn would retire after losing his Ferrari Formula 1 drive.
Outgoing Red Bull driver Ricciardo had eyed a move to Ferrari earlier this year but eventually decided to sign for Renault.
Raikkonen will be replaced by Charles Leclerc and take the youngster’s seat at Sauber having confirmed a two-year deal with the team that gave him his grand prix debut in 2001.
Asked if he was surprised by Raikkonen’s move, Ricciardo said: "A little bit.
"I suspected Ferrari would make the change they’ve made, but I thought if Kimi left then he was leaving, riding dirt bikes and spending time with his kids.
"I’m surprised he’s committed to a two-year deal as well.
"His body language doesn’t always show he enjoys the sport but obviously he likes it more than we think he does."
Raikkonen has not won a race since rejoining Ferrari in 2014 but he has added two pole positions and 22 podiums to his overall record in that time.
Though Sauber has improved significantly in the last 12 months under Fred Vasseur’s stewardship, Raikkonen will likely swap his podium-contending form for scrapping for points.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg said that is why he was also "a bit surprised" to hear about Raikkonen’s switch.
"Obviously, we all love racing," said Hulkenberg. "It’s hard to stop that, especially in Formula 1.
"It’s the pinnacle of racing. It’s an awesome life and job that we have.
"From that point, to just stopping and doing nothing, is quite hard but to go backwards from a top team – and from a car that you do lapping to probably a car that you get lapped [in] – it’s quite interesting.
"I’m sure he has his reasons for it. He obviously still gets some good pace so he has every reason to still be going."
Raikkonen’s former Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso, who last month announced his intention to leave F1 at the end of the year, said he was not surprised Raikkonen has decided to stay.
"I think everyone has different feelings, different character, different ambitions," said Alonso.
"So, it’s difficult to judge all these things from the outside."
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton believes Raikkonen’s longevity in F1 "has to be admired" as the 38-year-old will take his tally to 18 seasons if he sees out his two-year Sauber deal.
Raikkonen will also break Rubens Barrichello’s all-time GP starts record if he completes the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Ciao Kimi, è stato bello (anche per chi non ti capiva)
Il comunicato è arrivato.
Firmato Maurizio Arrivabene.
A fine stagione Kimi Raikkonen saluta la Ferrari.
Il tempo passa per tutti.
Anche per i Grandi.
Io sommessamente penso che il Santo Bevitore resterà nella storia migliore del Cavallino.
La Storiacon la maiuscola.
Il resto è cronaca.
Non sempre piacevole da raccontare.
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Quell’incrocio tra Vettel e Leclerc
Alcune considerazioni spicciola pre Singapore e post scambio Carletto Kimi.
1. Povero Marchionne. Visto che non può più parlare, gli si attribuisce di tutto. Da vivo, tutti zerbinati. Da morto, mancano solo le interviste dalla tomba. Che tristezza.
2. Casualmente, io lo so cosa Marchionne pensava di Raikkonen e di Leclerc. Magari qualcuno me lo farà dire quando sarò in Purgatorio (niente inferno per un ferrarista, abbiamo sofferto troppo qua sulla terra).
3. La vera scommessa sul 2019 riguarda la combinazione Vettel Leclerc. Non è un mistero: Seb si era pubblicamente espresso a favore della permanenza del Santo Bevitore.
4. Cioè, Vettel preferiva una soluzione. La Ferrari ha scelto diversamente. Ne aveva diritto e non c’è nulla di male. A patto di saperlo.
5. Vettel non è solo molto bravo. È anche molto intelligente. Conosce la storia. A Schumi avrebbero dato un compagno in presenza di un gradimento di Michael per un’altra soluzione ? Rispondete voi.
7. Questo non significa che le cose non funzioneranno. In Ferrari pensano anzi che a Seb farà bene lo stimolo di un compagno fresco, giovane, affamato. In teoria sono d’accordo, poi dipende da come saranno gestiti i delicati equilibri interni.
8. Ho fiducia in Maurizio Arrivabene. So che qui sotto non di rado rimedia critiche ferocissime ma Io tutta questa commedia degli errori, nella gestione della stagione Ferrari, ecco, io non l’ho vista e chiedo scusa. Sara colpa della cornea trapiantata.
9. Possibile che nessuno, tra i miei amici cloggari anti raikkoniani, si chieda chi pagherà due anni di ingaggio a Kimi e perché? O pensate che paghi la Sauber? Non vi viene in mente che…(non dite che sono criptico, su, congiungete i puntini e il disegno apparirà).
10. Da domani parliamo solo di Sing Sing. In teoria, ci sarebbe ancora un mondiale da vincere.
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Seb,Kimi,Leclerc: il triangolo no, non l’avevo considerato
“Il triangolo no, non l’avevo considerato. Garantisci per lui, in questo amore un po’ articolato?” (Renato Zero).
Seb Vettel: “Kimi è il miglior compagno che ho mai avuto. Mi dispiace sapere che l’anno prossimo non sarà più nel nostro box. Con lui c’è sempre stata lealtà assoluta e reciproca. Leclerc? Ha una grande occasione, lavoreremo insieme”.
Carletto Leclerc. “Se nel 2019 la Ferrari andrà forte come quest’anno, io punterò a vincere il mondiale. Non ci saranno differenze di trattamento tra me e Seb”.
Kimi Raikkonen. “Naturalmente non ho deciso io di lasciare la Ferrari”.
Queste cose le avete lette o sentite da Singapore.
Sono la plastica dimostrazione di quanto ho tentato di spiegare nei giorni scorsi (immagino con scarso successo, sono abituato ad avere ragione in anticipo ma è fastidioso sentirsela dare, la ragione, sempre dopo).
Comunque e a scanso di equivoci, io sto con Vettel (e dai). Qui rischia di passare l’idea che Seb sia un problema e non una risorsa.
“Deus dementat quos perdere vult” (cit.)
Ricordatevi di allacciare le cinture, nel 2019. E intanto buone notti a Singapore.
Ps. Quando ho sentito KR7 rispondere a chi gli chiedeva se avesse ancora voglia di correre “No, sono ancora qua per rispondere a domande del genere”, eh, ho capito che non mi sono mai sbagliato, sul conto del personaggio.
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Q: Kimi, if we could start with you please. You’ve been generating a few column inches this past week. Can you just talk us through what happened and why you’re on the move next year?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: I guess you know what happened. I don’t know what else you want to know. This is what happened. As we’ve said many times before, it’s not up to me, it’s not my decision in the end. Anything after that is obviously my decision but this is the outcome. At least we have an outcome.
Q: You say it wasn’t your decision to leave Ferrari, but it was your decision to go back to Sauber, so just talk us through why you’re doing that?
KR: Why not.
Q: What is it about the team? On current form there is quite a performance differential between Ferrari and Sauber, so what have you been told…
KR: Yeah, but then there’s a lot of differences between all the cars, you know. If you take other teams, there are not many cars, if you take this year, that are on the same level. That’s how it has always been. I mean, see what happens in the future so…
Q: But, Kimi, what have you been told about the performance? Tell us why you want to go back to Sauber?
KR: Because I want to. Why do you try to make it so complicated? I don’t know anything more than you guys, purely where they have been finishing. Obviously I don’t know what will happen next year, nobody knows what will happen next year when it comes to the speeds of the cars and the teams and obviously we can always guess but we will see what we can do. Obviously I have my reasons and that’s enough for me. I don’t really care what others think and as long as I’m happy with my own reasons, it’s enough for me.
Q: And you’re still passionate about racing? The fire…
KR: No, I’m not actually. Just by pure head games for you guys I happened to sign and I’m going to spend two years there just not being happy.
Well, Kimi, thanks for the insight.
KR: No worries.
Q: (Abishek Takle – Mid-day) A question for Kimi. At what point did you know that you wouldn’t be driving for Ferrari next season and when did the Sauber talks actually start?
KR: In Monza I knew. Obviously I know people from there [Sauber] from the past and basically it started after that.
Q: (Edd Straw – Autosport) Kimi, you said you still know people at Sauber and you’ve obviously kept ties with the team. Has it always been a bit of a thing in the back of your mind that it might be a nice thing to do later in your career, to go there, back to where it started?
KR: No. I don’t think it’s always been there. Obviously, you never know in the end what will happen. This is just how it ends up to be going actually, and yeah, I wouldn’t say there have been plans for a long time that this is going to happen, so…
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, you have said that you are only interested in winning. Do you have to find a new target for next year when racing with Sauber?
KR: I don’t know. I don’t think… I mean, obviously the aim is always that. I mean, is it realistic? Who knows? You can only aim for the best, best positions and see what comes up.
Q: (Beatrice Zamuner – Motorlat.com) Question to all four drivers. What are your thoughts on the idea of fielding a third car to the grid.
KR: I think if would be nice to have a lot of cars but then, I don’t know. So many things that it will change. It’s pretty difficult to work it out.