F1: Leclerc Brings Youth to Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Raikkonen Brings Experience to Stauber
- Kimi Raikkonen, 38 anni, will not be going out of F1 at the Top, or even with a Top team.
Tuesday it was announced that the Y 2007 world champion is leaving Ferrari, motorsport’s oldest, most glamorous and successful team, at the end of the season was expected.
Then came the revelation that the ‘Iceman’ had agreed a 2-year deal to continue with Ferrari-powered Sauber in a swap with that team’s rookie Charles Leclerc, 20 anni.
Thus closing a circle, as the Swiss team being the ones who gave Mr. Raikkonen his debut in Y 2001 despite the powers-that-be fearing he was too inexperienced, and keep him racing on into his 40’s.
It will also please F1’s owners, already facing the retirement of double world champion Fernando Alonso, by keeping 1 of the best known and most popular drivers on the grid.
But the days when Mr. Raikkonen could hope for Poles and wins, already scarce even at Ferrari where Sebastian Vettel is the main contender and team orders have been applied, are over now.
Stauber came last in Y 2017 and are 9th of 10 teams now, even if the signs are more encouraging than they were, and there is a likelihood that Mr. Raikkonen will now be simply making up the numbers.
Now, for the 1st time in 4 years, Ferrari have a new benchmark for 4X world champion Vettel and a young driver who represents the future not the past.
Mr. Vettel has out-performed Mr. Raikkonen consistently since the pairing started in Y 2015 with Mr. Vettel’s move from Red Bull Racing.
Ferrari will hope that Mr. Leclerc, unless told to adopt a subservient role, can apply a bit more pressure and help answer the Big Q: How fast is Mr. Vettel.
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