FIA Should Scrutinise Ferrari For Ruining Raikkonen’s Races

The FIA has put Ferrari under scrutiny for various reasons – engine mapping, exhaust blown diffuser and even a mysterious extra lever on Sebastian Vettel’s steering wheel. We think, the FIA should also scrutinise Ferrari for ruining Kimi Raikkonen’s races in 2018. Maybe for 2017 & 2016 too?


In this week’s episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Mithila and I tell you why Daniel Ricciardo should leave Red Bull Racing. Has Mercedes lost out to Ferrari in the race to sign Ricciardo? Will Ferrari’s stepchild treatment of Kimi Raikkonen make Ricciardo wary of signing with the Scuderia? Will Fernando Alonso’s Formula 1 career go even more backwards if he signs up to race for Renault in 2019? Well, thank God that Minardi shut shop when it did!
Finally, the halo might just end up making Formula 1 cars even more uglier and another step closer to half-closed cockpits. The FIA has allowed teams to mount their rear-view mirrors on the halo – a disgusting sight already. At this rate, Formula 1 either needs a Formula E-styled car where the halo seems well integrated, or just a WEC-style switch to closed cockpits so that it doesn’t seem half-baked like it currently does!
Tune in.
(Season 2018, Episode 14)

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

2 comments On FIA Should Scrutinise Ferrari For Ruining Raikkonen’s Races

  • Its a good point to make, but according to Kimi on ESPN news he believes he and Seb have the same opportunities to win, so hes happy. !!! I think they have set out to make Seb no1 driver and have completely dropped the ball with Kimi…..sacrificing him to keep Sebs points tally growing considering he won the first 2 races. If Kimi keeps up with Seb and beats him consistently without needing strategy to win then the Skiddyrear might reconsider their approach with driver hierarchy.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. What you have stated is the absolute and ideal hope for many Kimi Raikkonen fans. However, will it actually happen? I doubt it. Unless Sebastian Vettel has a run of bad luck and finds himself comprehensively out of place for the Drivers’ Championship – like Michael Schumacher in 1999. For the moment, Ferrari’s hopes lie on VET more than RAI. Although if VET isn’t able to win them the title in 2018, there’s good chance Ferrari could bring RIC along side him for a dual attack in 2019.

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