2017 F1

Raikkonen ‘better than ever’ – Villeneuve

1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve thinks Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is riding a crest of career form.

Some believe the Finnish veteran is right at the tail end of his pace and career, but Villeneuve thinks Raikkonen is actually driving well.

“Kimi has had a bit of bad luck, but at times he has been faster than Vettel,” the French Canadian told Ilta Sanomat newspaper.

“Somehow it doesn’t work out. He has a good qualifying but a bad race — or the other way around,” Villeneuve added.

“However, he has proved he can be as good as Vettel. They are the perfect combination,” he added.

“I don’t think we have seen a better Kimi. It seems that he is driving better than ever before in his career,” said Villeneuve.


  • myusername1234!

    “better than ever” is stretching the imagination a bit… mainly because I think Raikkonen really was a top line driver in his early years, not just the solid no.2 he is now. But it might be accurate to say he is at the best level he has been since rejoining Ferrari in 2014, and the luck has definitely been against him. I think but for his no.2 status within the team and bad reliability he would have at least 3 wins this year, probably more.

  • RBW001

    I rarely agree with JV but in this case he is right. With better luck he would have had more wins.

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