Kimi Raikkonen hasn’t performed well in recent races, and following the last post about the Scuderia and their tactics for the remainder of the year, it seems there are many possible reasons for the Finn’s slump. However, after today’s Belgian Grand Prix, Raikkonen is looking less and less like a Formula One world champion. The question is should Ferrari still maintain their faith in Kimi, or should they now focus on Felipe for the final five races?
Currently, the top of the driver’s championship table looks relatively close, and Kimi Raikkonen can still mathematically win it. However, if his pace doesn’t improve next weekend at Monza – Ferrari’s home turf – there could be trouble at Maranello.
2008 Drivers Title
23 points separate Raikkonen and Hamilton, and with 50 still to play for, the Finn does have a shot. But realistically, the second crown is slipping from Kimi and Hamilton moves closer and closer to clinching it for himself. However, Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari is fairing much better and the Brazilian is only 8 points shy of Lewis at the top of the tables. Although Massa has his critics, and deservedly so after some of his performances this year, he has had a better mid-season run. Up until the start of the race this afternoon, Felipe looked good in second, and it is him who has taken the fight to McLaren more and more recently.
Raikkonen did come back today though, and his run up until the rain should not be ignored. Hamilton caught the Ferrari in the closing stages, but catching is one thing and passing is another. We’ll never know if Kimi would have been able to fend of Lewis at Spa in normal conditions as the rain fell and wreaked havoc. At the end of the day, Kimi lost out, perhaps more to do with the weather than anything, and then binned it, throwing away vital points.
2008 Constructors Title
McLaren are now only six points behind Ferrari in the constructors race and although Heikki Kovalainen isn’t exactly hauling in the points in the second McLaren, the same could be said for Raikkonen at the moment. If Ferrari aren’t careful, they could very easily let both titles slip away. So, should they continue as they until one driver definitely cannot win the title, or should they now back Massa in the hope that they can bag at least one of the crowns? Has your view changed since my last post about this? Please share in the comments below.
Edit: Since this post was written the result of the Belgian Grand Prix has changed. Please do not presume the figures in this article to be accurate, because they no longer are. The 2008 Championship Standings page has been updated accordingly.