F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Team Solid with Vettel & Raikkonen

F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Team Solid with Vettel & Raikkonen

F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Team Solid with Vettel & Raikkonen


Sebastian Vettel believes the image of Kimi Raikkonen’s F1 form in recent years has been distorted and that the Scuderia teammate battle is not as “1-sided as you might think”.

Mr. Vettel has won 10 races since joining Ferrari for the Y 2015 season, but Mr. Raikkonen, 38 anni, still  looking for his 1st victory since returning to the Team in Y 2014.

When asked by Motorsport reporters if he had noticed a new level of performance from Mr. Raikkonen this year, Mr. Vettel said: “I think one thing is always to look at the result and the other is if you look a little bit deeper.

“It’s been incredibly close this year so far. To be honest, most of the Fridays I think he had the upper hand so far.

“Here and there I was struggling to understand the car and feel the car so I think knowing him, knowing his strength, he’s incredibly talented and able to drive around problems.

“If you look at the previous years the image is a bit distorting. It wasn’t as one-sided as you might think if you look at the results.”

Raikkonen is dominated by Vettel in every major statistical comparison of their time as teammates.

Vettel Vs Raikkonen at Ferrari (2015-2018)

Vettel Raikkonen
Wins 10 0
Podiums 35 17
Poles 8 1
Laps led 691 63
Points 873 589

Kimi was Ferrari’s strongest challenger in Australia before a mid-race safety car handed Seb the win, and would have 4 podiums from 4 races had Ferrari not had a mishap’d pit-stop in Bahrain.

Asked if he agreed that the picture of his form was distorted, Mr. Raikkonen said: “The end result matters. The rest does not count.

“The people that we work with know what’s happening and what’s not. I do not really care if people think you are slow. I know what we are doing.”

Mr. Raikkonen scored his best result of the season in last weekend’s dramatic Baku race despite pitting for a new front wing after a 1st-lap collision.

“I do not count on luck” the stoic driver said. “You get what you deserve in a way. I am more happy that I have the speed. That’s the main thing.

“We just need to put it together and I’m sure that we can do even better.”

Mr. Raikkonen’s improved form means another 1-year extension is not out of the question for him.

Speculation has linked Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to the 2nd seat at Ferrari, but pairing the Australian with Mr. Vettel again would present the Italian team with a different dynamic.

Mr. Vettel said of Mr. Raikkonen: “We’re a good pair, a good match. There’s no problem at all between us, ever.

“I think that is a really big bonus for the Team and for us to just enjoy our job.”

Symbol Last Trade Date Change Open High Low Volume
NYSE:RACE 140.39 7 May 2018 3.06 139.36 141.56 139.17 773,500
HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Bullish (0.36) Bullish (0.33) Bullish (0.48) Bullish (0.26)

Spain at the weekend, tune in.

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