Why Ferrari persists with 'laggard' Raikkonen

Why Ferrari persists with 'laggard' Raikkonen

Some - perhaps many - would have been disappointed by Ferrari's decision to keep Kimi Raikkonen for 2018. A deeper look into Raikkonen's character, and more importantly his qualities within a team, reveal the reasons for his retention

Ferrari's decision to extend Kimi Raikkonen's grand prix career for another year will divide opinion in Formula 1. Raikkonen's legion of loyal fans will delight in the knowledge that arguably the most naturally gifted driver of his generation will remain in F1 for a 16th season. Raikkonen's many critics will argue this is yet another season too far for an underperforming star who should have long ago made way for fresher blood.

Ferrari's decision is unimaginative and conservative, certainly. A strong case can be made to say it is absolutely the wrong move.

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