Monday, 20 April 2015

Ferrari taking the psychological approach with Raikkonen over new contract

(© Ben Johnston 2015)

Scuderia Ferrari have revealed that they want to retain Kimi Raikkonen alongside Sebastian Vettel for the 2016 Formula One season. The Prancing Horse however have stated that they will not take up an option on his contract as they feel the Finn performs better under pressure.

The Iceman picked up first podium finish for Ferrari since the 2009 Italian Grand Prix last weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix after he finished the race in second place just behind Lewis Hamilton and this followed two fourth place finishes in Malaysia and China. Raikkonen is now up to fourth place in the championship just behind team mate Sebastian Vettel.

Formula One heads to the Spanish Grand Prix at the Barcelona Circuit De Catalunya where Raikkonen finished the race in third place for the Lotus F1 Team on his return to the sport. In 2013 the Finn ended the race once again on the podium in second place. Last season, Raikkonen finished the race in seventh place.

The Finn has a great record in Barcelona scoring multiple podium’s including two victories one in 2008 for Ferrari and in 2005 for McLaren Mercedes. The Iceman will be hoping for a similar result this season.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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