Sky Sports Formula One commentator David Croft revealed he believes that Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen should be confirmed by the Maranello team for the 2019 Formula 1 season, given the results and performace in the first half of the current championship, as well as the good partnership with Sebastian Vettel:
“I think Kimi deserves another year at Ferrari. He’s been on the podium the last five races and he was the only man over the triple header to be on the podium at every single race.” – David Croft said in a Sky Sports column, as he broke down every driver’s half-term report – “If Bottas is doing as good a job as Mercedes want him to, Kimi’s doing the same for Ferrari. He needs to improve in qualifying but he’s doing it in the races and giving the performances Ferrari need from him. People keep saying look to the future but while he’s doing a good job in the present, why the rush? I’d love to see him win again in Formula 1 and he occasionally gets himself in a position to do that but it doesn’t work out for him. Kimi’s still got it, and it would be a shame to lose him.” – the Sky Sports Formula One commentator added.
On Sebastian Vettel’s performance in the first 12 races of the 2018 F1 season, David Croft said: “Seb’s showing signs of brilliance but he’s also making mistakes. Baku at the restart, France, when he went into the back of Valtteri Bottas, and famously in Germany. You don’t often win championships by making these sort of errors. He’ll kick himself if he doesn’t win the title this year because he’s in the fastest car. He’s making very good use of it at times, nobody has got poles more than him this year and whenever that happens, Vettel wins the world championship. But he’s now 24 points behind Hamilton, and if Mercedes catch up in development, he’ll rue some of those mistakes.”