Formula 1

Raikkonen responds to Marchionne’s ‘laggard’ comments

1 Mins read
Kimi Raikkonen needs to raise his game, according to Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Sergio Marchionne believes Kimi Raikkonen needs to raise his game if he is to do enough to earn himself an extension to his Scuderia Ferrari contract for 2018.

The Chairman of the Maranello-based team believes the Finn needs to show a higher level of commitment, and after the race at the Red Bull Ring, he sits 91 points behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel after the opening nine races, with only two podiums compared to Vettel’s seven, and no wins to the Germans three.

“I think Kimi has got to show a higher level of commitment to the process,” Reuters quoted Marchionne saying to reporters ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

“There are days when I think he’s a bit of a laggard, but we’ll see. I am going to talk to him today, we’ll see what happens.”

Raikkonen responded to the remarks after the race, saying that he is doing the best he can in a far from straightforward season, and that he is working hard to improve.

“Obviously I want to do well,” said Raikkonen to Reuters. “I can only do the best that I can. It’s not like I’m not trying. Unfortunately, it’s not been very straightforward sometimes but that’s part of F1.

“We keep pushing and I’m sure things will get better.”

Related posts
Formula 1

Carlos Sainz Jr.: “Obviously I was very happy with the start and the first laps in the rain”

3 Mins read
Carlos Sainz Jr. led the early stages of Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix when the track was at its dampest, but ultimately, he fell back to finish sixth.
Formula 1

Charles Leclerc: “We had a strong race and we are seeing some progress”

4 Mins read
Charles Leclerc drove superbly to finish the Portuguese Grand Prix in fourth, while team-mate Sebastian Vettel struggled once more and finished down in tenth.
Formula 1

Kevin Magnussen: “We knew we didn’t have a chance of points with a normal race”

2 Mins read
Haas endured a torrid afternoon in Portugal, finishing seventeenth and eighteenth at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.


Leave a Reply