Lewis Hamilton has questioned Scuderia Ferrari’s decision to part ways with Kimi Raikkonen, hailing the Finn as a “very important driver” for the team. Following this year’s Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari announced that Raikkonen would not remain with the team in 2019, instead Charles Leclerc will partner Sebastian Vettel.
The decision had divided opinion with some feeling it is a sign that Ferrari are building for the future, while others believe Kimi Raikkonen deserves another season. Current Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton falls in the latter category. He answered: “I don’t think Kimi is going to change in the last races. He is an extraordinary professional and a fantastic driver. He remains one of my favourite drivers, and I am convinced that Ferrari is losing a very important driver. It does not make sense to me.” – he explained, as reported by the British and Italian media.
Asked if he would ever tell his Toto Wolff if he disagreed with a driver decision made by the Mercedes boss, he insisted he would: “The trust is there between us. If Toto came up with a crazy idea we’d definitely discuss it. I’d say ‘Toto, are you sure?” – Lewis Hamilton concluded.