Why Formula 1's great wasted talent should retire

Why Formula 1's great wasted talent should retire

Kimi Raikkonen is one of Formula 1's most frustrating talents, and a driver whose ability alone merits more than one title. But it's far too simplistic to think you can win F1 titles on ability alone...

An American comedian once said, "If quitters never win and winners never quit, what fool came up with 'Quit while you're ahead'?" Perhaps this is the aphorism Kimi Raikkonen is clinging to as he ekes out the dying embers of a career that once promised so much.

Let's face it, the Formula 1 paddock is heaving with folk who are just happy to be allowed through the gates: F1 drivers long past their career best; low-ranking junior-formulae drivers being fleeced by tail-end teams for 'development' gigs that entitle them to do little more than warm a seat in the garage; team and sponsor personnel without discernible portfolio (memorably dismissed by one time-served paddock figure as "full-kit wankers"); and the hordes of shuffling troglodytes, inexplicably granted media access, doing unpaid work for websites you've never heard of.

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