- Palmer points to teammate that Hamilton would love to have
- Alonso takes a dig at Honda and points to troubles for Toro Rosso
- Hamilton on why Mercedes will triumph in 2018 and it is not due to the W09
- Alonso reveals why he did not quit F1 despite leaning towards exit
- Vettel offers crisp reply to Ferrari critics
- Hamilton’s ‘oompa loompa’ ex-girlfriend reveals champion’s strange toilet demand
- Hamilton helps Mercedes bag sponsorship deal
- Verstappen responds to Wolff’s early season prediction
- Ferrari boss opens door to staying in F1 if Liberty Media follows instruction
- Halo not disturbing drivers’ vision, but glaring problem remains
- Updated: October 17, 2017
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen is one of the few out there who believes that his team can still perform one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of the sport and clinch the title. For starters, he feels that the team has what it takes to win any of the final four races of the season.
For the vast majority, Ferrari’s championship hopes all but ended in the last three races, with the team now trailing Mercedes by 145 points while its leading driver Sebastian Vettel is 59 behind Lewis Hamilton with a maximum of 100 remaining.
Singapore proved to be a disastrous race for both Vettel and Raikkonen, who were forced to retire after the opening round. In Malaysia, Vettel suffered an engine failure that prevented him from doing a timed lap and Raikkonen suffered a similar issue that stopped him from starting the race.
Things in Japan were only marginally better as Vettel was forced to retire after a spark plug failure, while Raikkonen recovered from 10th on the grid to take fifth.
Hamilton made the most of this, solidifying his lead at the top of the table.
Now, with four races remaining, Raikkonen was asked which of them would present the best possible chance of victory to his team.
“Any of them, as long as we do everything as well as possible. It hasn’t been the greatest races lately but I think we have the speed when they put things in the right place.
“It’s a bit unknown, the tracks are different from each other. So we go every weekend, start from zero and do the best that we can and avoid the issues and mistakes.”
There is no doubt in many people’s minds that Ferrari would’ve almost certainly taken the top two spots in Singapore and arguably Malaysia, while in Japan, it should have pushed Mercedes hard.
A combination of engine problems and misfortune has contributed to Ferrari scoring just 22 points in those three races compared to 105 for Mercedes.
“I don’t know what is going to happen – nobody knows,” said Raikkonen regarding Ferrari’s chances in the constructors’ championship.
“But I know we are going to push until the last lap in the last race and see where we end up.
“It hasn’t been the greatest races lately but I think we have the speed when they put things in the right place – that is at least something positive.”