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Raikkonen “not a world champion for nothing” – Arrivabene

Raikkonen "not a world champion for nothing" – Arrivabene

Raikkonen “not a world champion for nothing” – Arrivabene

Kimi Raikkonen appears to be back in top form in formula one. Earlier, some questioned whether the now 36-year-old speedy was still fully motivated and at the top of his game during his second Ferrari tenure.

The Ferrari veteran is demonstrating he is “not a world champion for nothing” after his performance in the Singapore GP, according to his team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.

The Finn made finish place fourth for the second successive race on a weekend and Raikkonen is just five points behind teammate Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ championship, having been 113 adrift at this point in the season last year.

“Talking about Kimi, he is showing he was not a world champion for nothing,” Arrivabene was quoted as saying by Autosport.

“He was very, very good, especially when he overtook Hamilton – even if Hamilton made a little mistake.

“Sometimes you make a mistake because the other guy is pushing your back.

“Kimi has enough experience to feel that and in my opinion it was great.”

Arrivabene also praised Vettel’s performance after the German came through the field from the back to finish fifth.

“Sebastian had a fantastic race, the choices of strategy were correct and he was able to use that advantage to the maximum,” he said. “It was fantastic.”

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