Ferrari president and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sergio Marchionne has suggested the possibility of a sit down with Kimi Raikkonen, as the Italian-Canadian executive feels that the Finnish driver was “busy with other stuff” during the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix, which took place on Sunday.
Sebastian Vettel managed to recover after his early and unlucky pit stop to finish second behind Lewis Hamilton, but Kimi Raikkonen brought his SF70H home in fifth place, almost 42 seconds behind his German teammate, after he also failed to finish on the podium in the first race of the 2017 Formula One season. That was the end result after a Sunday afternoon in which the 2007 F1 World Champion constantly complained due to the lack of power as well as the degradation of the Pirelli tyres. Sergio Marchionne was not at all pleased with the driver’s performance, feeling that Kimi’s complaints did not help Scuderia Ferrari, as Sebastian Vettel lost important seconds behind his teammate when both Ferrari cars were behind the Red Bull of Daniel Riciardo:
“I talked about this with Maurizio [Arrivabene]. Maybe they should sit around a table and he should talk to him. Today he seemed to be busy with other stuff. Vettel was more aggressive.” – Sergio Marchionne said, as reported by Corriere dello Sport. Regarding Sebastian Vettel’s race, Ferrari boss believes the German could have scored another victory for the Maranello side if not for a Safety Car in the worst possible moment, immediately after his only pit-stop: “Without the Safety Car the story of the race could have been very different. I can confirm that our choice to change the tyres of Vettel was the correct one. All in all it was a nice race, we finished second, we are second in the Constructors’ Championship by one point and Seb has the same points as Hamilton. So we can say that it is not bad after the firs two races of the season.” – Sergio Marchionne concluded.