Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen has denied that he desperately needs a grand prix win. At the same time, the 38-year-old Finn is not commenting on widespread speculation that the Maranello team intends to replace him for 2019 with rising talent Charles Leclerc. Kimi’s form has been up and down over the past seasons, including a solid start in 2018 that unfortunately now sees him struggling in qualifying, which has made things difficult during the recent races, despite finishing a solid third at the French Grand Prix last weekend:
“I don’t know why it’s been more difficult in the last qualifying sessions compared to the first ones, but we are working to improve the situation.” – Kimi Raikkonen said at Paul Ricard, as reported by the Italian media – “You do not get worse in just a few sessions.”
The 2007 Formula One world champion therefore denied that a sudden burst in form now, including what would be his first win since 2013, will make all the difference in what could be his last ever season in Formula One: “It does not affect the way I drive.” – the Finnish driver added – “I have already won in the past and I don’t see why I can’t win again. OK I haven’t won for a while, but when you win, you’re not a different driver.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen concluded.
Kimi is currently fifth in the driver rankings with 83 points, ahead of the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place next weekend.
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