Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen has wished the Maranello team’s new generation of drivers well. The 2007 Formula One world champion has lost his place at the Italian side for next year to Charles Leclerc, the 20-year-old Monégasque racing driver that Kimi Raikkonen now replaces at Sauber.
And the newly 39-year-old Raikkonen’s new teammate at Sauber next year will be another Ferrari junior, Antonio Giovinazzi: “I know a little about them,” – the Finnish driver said, as Kimi was intervied by Italian daily general-interest newspaper La Repubblica. “They are good young guys. I have spoken to Charles a few times and I hope that he does well for Ferrari.”
Kimi Raikkonen has also backed his current teammate Sebastian Vettel, who is under fire for arguably throwing away the 2018 Formula One world championship: “I think he definitely has the potential to win the title, although it has become really difficult for him this year.” – Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen explained, ahead of the 2018 United States Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas.
Regarding the race in Austin, Kimi added: “I like Austin, it’s a nice place. Through the years we’ve had mixed weather conditions here, last year it was good and on previous years it was pretty wet. For sure that will play a big part over the weekend, and today it appears to be “winter style” again. Generally we have not been very strong in the rain, but lately it has been better for us; if you take Hungary for example we were quite happy. Then obviously it depends on many other factors, the tarmac, the conditions, and whether you can make the tires work or not. Obviously we want to do well in the last races of the season. We are really interested in having good races. Lately, we have not performed as well as we wanted, it hasn’t been easy for us. But I’m sure we can come back and do some good things. The speed should be there, let’s try to put everything in the right place and qualify well.” – Kimi concluded.