Raikkonen's Ferrari exit ends a great F1 fallacy

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Raikkonen's Ferrari exit ends a great F1 fallacy
By: Scott Mitchell
Sep 12, 2018, 10:09 AM

The belief that Ferrari is getting rid of Kimi Raikkonen just as he has rediscovered his mojo doesn't really add up, as shown by a proper look at the numbers and glancing beyond his occasional peaks.

Disinterested, disengaged and disproportionally popular, Kimi Raikkonen is one of the great puzzles of modern Formula 1. He offers nothing to the media, yet remains one of the most powerful sources of interest. He has one of the most underwhelming recent records of any driver on the grid, yet is immune from the criticism that ravages others. He is withdrawn to the point of being standoffish, yet fans think his words and actions are gold dust.

Raikkonen's exit from Ferrari at the end of the year at least ends one frustrating part of the Kimi conundrum. No longer will anybody need to ponder why he is still in a seat any other driver would likely have lost by now.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen Shop Now
Author Scott Mitchell
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