Why Raikkonen is more likeable at Sauber

Why Raikkonen is more likeable at Sauber

Kimi Raikkonen was the wrong man for a seat at title-chasing Ferrari, but that doesn't mean he's wrong for Sauber - in fact his contribution to Formula 1 is about to get a lot more positive

Kimi Raikkonen has cut a frustrating figure in Formula 1 in recent years. A driver capable of great things but delivering them sparingly, one inspiring great fan devotion yet rarely rewarding it with his results. In the 99 starts of his second Ferrari stint, he resembled a top liner only in brief flashes and rarely strung together the consistently strong race weekends required of a true top gun.

He clogged up a top seat for five years, occupying a car that could have been put to better use by others, and made the battle at the front more one-dimensional. He looked like a man of the past and, save for that glorious day at Austin last year where he nailed it with victory, he largely was - despite last year being the best season of his Ferrari comeback.

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