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Posted By: Editor   |  07 Jan 2019   |  11:19 am GMT  |  385 comments

In a bid to intensify their 2019 championship challenge, Ferrari have decided that a change at the top is required and replaced Maurizio Arrivabene with Mattia Binotto.

With the decision-makers at Ferrari running out of patience, they have decided to call time on Arrivabene’s reign, which began back in 2014 when he was appointed by the late Sergio Marchionne, replacing Marco Mattiacci.

Their current chief technical officer Binotto has been confirmed as the new team principal ahead of the 2019 season.

A statement from Ferrari read:

“After four years of untiring commitment and dedication, Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team. The decision was taken together with the company’s top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.

“Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team’s increasing competitiveness over the past few years, and wish him the best for his future endeavours.

“With immediate effect, Mattia Binotto will take over as Scuderia Ferrari’s Team Principal. All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia.”

With Binotto being largely credited with spearheading Ferrari’s improved power unit performances, the team have been championship contenders for the last two seasons.

However, driver and team errors have proven costly, and what should’ve been a close championship fight went completely Mercedes’ way in the second half of 2018.

In attempt to up their game on the driver front, Ferrari will be hoping that their move to replace Kimi Raikkonen with Charles Leclerc will encourage improved performances from Vettel in 2019.

Ferrari have now followed that up with a management restructure, which they hope will see improved decision-making at the top of the team.

They were criticised for their reluctance to apply team orders in Germany, whilst none were applied Austria, where Raikkonen finished second and just ahead of Vettel.

Their decision to not give Vettel the slipstream during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix was considered a poor one by many, and an incorrect tyre strategy in a damp-to-dry Japanese Grand Prix qualifying session cost them the chance of victory in that event.

Tensions between Arrivabene and Binotto were believed to be at an all-time high towards the conclusion of the 2018 season.

Who is Mattia Binotto?

Ferrari through and through, Binotto began his career with the Scuderia back in 1995, when he joined the team as a test engine engineer, before performing the same role from 1997-2003.

He was appointed a race engineer from 2004, which resulted in a role as ‘chief engineer, race and assembly’ in 2007.

He moved back onto the engine side of operations in 2009 when he became Head of Engine and KERS Operations, a year when only Ferrari and three other teams elected to at least trial the new-for-2009 KERS system.

Appointed Deputy Director, Engine and Electronics in October 2013, Binotto then took on the role of Chief Operating Officer, Power Unit.

Finally, he was promoted to Chief Technical Officer in 2016, as Ferrari’s attempts to make gains in the power unit department intensified.

By: Luke Murphy

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1

Binotto buddy Domenicali will stay at Lamborghini for now. Last but very important thing… Binotto as supervisor = the way Ferrari is working there is an other Resta (Cardile ?) working on 2019 car. And that is not a small thing as 2019 has rules that could have been sent to FIA directly from Toto and Wolff. I mean next year cars will not favor rake and must be longer since there is more weight… That means a lot of money out of the window in development for small teams… RB little sister Toro Rosso has a lot of info to pass as that is the car with less rake even of Merc… (1.10 vs 1.95 of RB), but Ferrari? Unless they thought something with change of angle of attack of the wing that will bt tough to do… and incidentally Merc has the heat dissipators (air extractors on the wheels)… so Sebee is right but not because the engine

2

Bad idea even tho the other fellow is quite capable in his current position I would keep him there for a good car.

3

Surely Ferrari could have saved a lot of time by just contracting Hamilton

4

Cool article 🙂

5

Remember Ferrari came out all smoke and mirrors.

Ended up with all that falling through the floor so to speak

But all in all they made an good effort. Who really expected that Ferrari or anyone would really challenge, or even be close to Mercedes a few years ago?

Not many I would say.

Arrivo can now take a few days off and work on his patina in the blizzards of the Italian riviera.

And Kimi third despite all that sabotage of his races strategies, unreliability and having to wait for updates until they were no longer updates.

So there were positives.

6

At the end if the day it isn’t going to make much difference who the team principal at Ferrari is.

The only unknown is whether it will be Ham or Bott who takes the championship this year.

Toto had been saying recently that he fancies Bottas to take the crown. Why would he be saying that, I wonder unless he plans to engineer a championship for Bottas?

Still, I get the feeling that his mind isn’t yet made up so well have to wait a little while longer to see what he decided to do, or will soon decide to do.

7

@ Luke C…Is Wolff saying that, in driving identical cars, that Bottas is equal or possibly better than Hamilton? TBH i cannot see wolff allowing that gto happen!! He spoke last year about not wanting to upset the ‘teams equilibrium’ when questioned about why he didn’t take Ricciardo and now here he is sowing seeds of disequilbrium between his drivers ? Hamilton won’t like that unless he’s part of the mind games being played out at Mercedes. Maybe all this talk is to try and motivate Bottas into thinking he can win a few races even a WDC and really lift his game in order to protect Hamilton from sustained Ferrari attacks ?. Intriguing to say the least….

8

Bottas drove pretty good except for tire management. Hamilton had that problem a lot when he was younger.

9

It could well be nothing more than mind games.

Perhaps toto is trying to counter some of the accusations that ham is getting preferential treatment by creating the perception that Bottas is going to receive equal treatment to ham to such an extent that he believes that Bottas will even win the title. Who knows?

10

The obvious choice would have been for Binotto to move back to his native country and Hinwil, so he can fight for championships at last.

11

Let’s hope LeClerc will do well, so he can move to a better neighborhood.

12

Ferrari could certainly target one of the two championship against Mercedes.

13

So could Red Bull. They have very little aero and depend more on the suspension so IF Honda comes good look out.

14

Don’t go wobbly Ferrari – it has got to be an Italian.

Said as an Anglophile American and Ferrari fan.

Racing and Tradition and Nationalism.

15

Except for the Schumacher era, Ferrari has always been wobbly.

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So they needed a scapegoat or two for tbeir main driver’s failings and Arivabenne abd Kimi got the short straws! Promoting one of tbeir own to lead the team is a risky strategy based on recent history so good luck to Binotto or it will be musical chairs again in a couple of years if they do not win a championship.

17

When Mercedes were the cause of their failings all along. And before that, Red Bull and Adrian Newey, before he was made impotent by the PUs.

18

+1 🙂

19

Interestingly, according to Andretti, one of the rules at Ferrari is that if the team doesn’t win then someone has to leave as a consequence.

I guess this would explain why the team is the ultimate pressure cooker

https://www.planetf1.com/news/andretti-casts-doubt-on-leclercs-ferrari-arrival/

20

Enzo did that. He would fire everyone.

21

To be fair, Mario raved when the old man was still at the helm. Things have changed somewhat, Todt had eight seasons to get fired before tasting success for example.

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I don’t think we can assume that Ferrari will not have the best car overall in 2019. It may well have.

But with all this turmoil and Binotto trying hit the ground running and to do a Ross Braun they start off on the back foot so if anything is amiss at the tests or first race the team cohesion will certainly suffer as the new boss was and is the tech head of the team. He cannot avoid carrying the can but here he is promoted into the top job.

The second risk is that the management disruption slows the in-year development race which is essential to be and stay ahead. That needs team stability so that judgements on what is good and bad are precise and unaffected by emotion or politics. The latter two are deep in the DNA of Ferrari.

Binotto will be juggling two jobs and the ‘flattened’ management structure he persuaded Machionne to implement will mean more co-ordination not less. He is already giving in to the temptation of appointing his ‘delegates’ to share the load.If this new flat-structure-with a-middle-K2 works it will help the team develop as well as develop its cars.

But I am not sure that Ferrari can cope with that counter culture. The team has worked best when non-Italians have been at the sharp end with a good TP who kept the workers safe from interference from Italian senior managers ( Braun got on with the job while Todt did the politicking and protected them from interference by Montezemolo upwards)

Will Ferrari fracture? Will Elkann – willing to hire and fire as his predecessor – help create a cohesive and cooperative team focussing on a single goal, or will the uncertainties and reverberations create division in the team.

It could well unsettle the drivers too. If they will hire and fire a TP why should the drivers feel safe?

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Sure – I heard the same nonsense about Ferrari being in trouble with when it relies on Italian engineers. I think recent history has comprehensively de-bunked that tosh…

And now we hear the refrain about Ferrari never succeeding with Italian management… Did you miss the turn-around under Marchionne, where they are the only team able to challenge the Mercedes hegemony? Or is it just a manifestation of the typical Anglo-Saxon arrogance and prejudice? See – its easy to stereotype 😉

24

Isn’t Binotto Swiss?

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Born and bought up there to Italian parents. Swiss and Italian passports I believe. I’m quite sure he still considers himself Italian though…

26

Ferrari have taken time to make the change in a studied and methodic italian way. They could have taken the headless chicken approach as we saw at the british team mclaren and binned staff halfway through the season and had a shocking run of results after.

27

Spot on – maybe time to shine a spotlight on the brilliantly successful British school of F1 management… McLaren, Williams case-studies would be good for a giggle I suspect 😉

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The reason Binotto is there is as Piero Lardi pointed out to give “technical continuance” to the team. Binotto has the ability to explore and motivate the department horizontally. To me is very laughable how much some of he readers dismiss and hate Ferrari. Particularly when you think about that key components of Merc technical department are ex Ferrari. The real blow of 2018 was Marchionne illness and death, he was the reference point for everyone. But Elkann was the one who saw and put Marchionne there and has an eye for management talents. There is the rumor that Stefano Dominicali could be called back as A.D. of Ferrari since was very close to Binotto but that is pure speculation. The point is Ferrari has the ability to develop horizontally and the only other team that can do that is Mercedes. RB is a vertical structure. Alfa Sauber is option B for Fiat Chrysler but also I am sure they work together. Marchionne wanted to push Alfa brand a lot and make it a top team.

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side note to some of these ideas here…….

Couldn’t care less if Ferrari don’t want t talk to English press. Why would they? Nose out of joint, just the journalists. Still they condescend the fez and wonder why. Strange people do strange things.

Turn the other cheek, and Anglo, which is me by heritage, eat some humble pie.

30

Mmmmmm, I dunno. Well good luck to Binotto and Ferrari.

Sure hindsight is 20/20, imagine a 2018 where Seb flourished, the Ferrari battery system deemed legal and Merc did not get to run special wheel rims. Could be celebrating the red team all winter long.

Anyway the merry go round continues to spin. I just want F1 with the best drivers, tracks and competition. Leclerc maybe…..?

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Arrivabene was and is a marketing man – a racing man is needed in this position – Binotto is more suited. The biggest winner is Leclerc – 20 years old , resident citizen of Monaco, Ferrari Factory contract in pocket – MADE IN THE SHADE !! Even though it will not happen – let’s dream for a second – he wins the Championship in his rookie Ferrari year – now THERE is a Hollywood story in the making ….!!!!!

32

Lawerence Baretto has written some great articles on F1 about this. But the most disappointing thing with F1 media, who all acknowledge now the known problems and environment of fear at Ferrari, is that no one reported it previously.

This stuff is fascinating. But it seems all the F1 journos are too comfy with their cushy “matey-matey” relationships with everyone in F1, to actually report some of the best stories.

33

Is Binotto Leclerc’s dad?

34

Non-Italian team principal smells like championship.

35

Isn’t he dual Swiss-Italian national though?

Liked the Nirvana reference.

36

Liked the Nirvana reference

You can almost smell the team spirit 😉

37

“Smells like teen spirit” used to be a slogan for a shampoo. Nirvana ripped it off.

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Ok, that would make sense.

39

Pretty sure it was a deodorant stick brand.

40

Maybe Ferrari should hire Claire Williams as their new team principle.

That should bring the glory days back.

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From what I’ve read, Ferrari were faced with an ultimatum. Binotto or Arrivabene. With Mercedes ready to offer a disgruntled Binotto a contract, Ferrari made the right call. Arrive’s management of drivers or lack there of in Austria and Monza is proof enough that he wasn’t capable. From behind the scenes bullying of staff to disintegrating media relations, keeping Maurizio would’ve seen the same toxic behaviour continue. Providing Binotto sheltered the design staff from all the outside rubbish, Ferrari will mount a serious challenge in 2019.

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Arrivegood – Departnotsogood … sorry, couldn’t help myself!

Maybe his management style was aimed at a great marketing profile rather than a ruthless racing mindset. He was trying to drag Ferrari into the modern world of openness and fair play in a bid to win back the throngs of Tifosi who had walked away from F1 during this past era of quiet, colourless, unsuccessful boredom.

As did millions of other F1 fans … these past 6 odd years have been horrible for diehard F1 fans and Ferrari’s Tifosi are the ones who have suffered most.

I can’t help thinking that the conscious move away from being insular, to include the Tifosi as much as possible via social media, caused the mindset of showing everyone how “fair and friendly” they are to their drivers to become paramount.

By embracing social media the way Ferrari did under his reign and openly becoming “friends” with the drivers caused Arrivabene to look past the ruthless need for Ferrari to win a championship. He preferred to show their human side rather than win at all costs.

In times past, Ferrari refused to adhere to the “no team orders” rule and defiantly copped mountains of heat from the media and fans in order to ensure their favoured driver got the most points on offer at each race.

Although breaking the rules and openly swapping driver positions in races didn’t get them the title, it was seen by the company as “the right thing to do” … as Enzo would have demanded.

The FIA changed the rule and instead of using it to their advantage in a year when they had a winning car, it seemed Arrivabene now preferred to look “fair & friendly” in the public eye, rather than go for the jugular by making Kimi move over in every race and heap the points into Seb’s account.

That would have been a brilliant and sensational thing to do – IF THEY WON!

Now they just look silly for throwing away their best opportunity for success in many years.

Yes, Seb made mistakes, engineers and tacticians made mistakes and the team as a whole looked rather second class at times but it was done with best intentions.

Unfortunately for MA, Ferrari don’t want a jug full of best-intentions in their trophy case, they want WDC & WCC Trophies!

Hopefully Binotto has the perfect blend of born & bred Ferrari ruthlessness to add to the need to appease the modern electronic world of instant communication through social media platforms.

Being “fair” to the drivers and “open” to the Tifosi doesn’t win titles. I get the feeling this was where Arrivabene went fundamentally wrong.

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Piece of paper flew in through my kitchen window yesterday. Unbelievably, it turned out to be a letter written by Arrivo [yes I could hardly believe it myself] and addressed to Kimi at Sauber.

Well you can imagine my surprise. I posted it on here, but for some reason it never made it past the moderators…… bit of a shame.

Anyways, it looks like our friend Arrivo has been packed off to Juventus by the Elkann Bros, who own everything in northern Italy I’m told.

Have to say it can’t exactly boost a chap’s self esteem to be moved about like a pawn, or a piece of soggy lettuce on a platter of stale salad, but there you go

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@ Phil Glass…It seems as though we have something in common. I have had three, yes three, posts modded out the window. None of these posts contained bad language and consisted, in the main, of valid responses to other posts and as well contained quotes freely available in the public domain by former F1 luminaries. I have never before encountered such levels of censorship on this site and it is not a good. sign.

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Same here!
On a weekly basis its typically 2-3 posts that don’t make it through, no matter the subject or wording. Another observation is that larger sections of posts are typically now getting replicated within and below the same article. This very one included (see below, where first section of maybe 15-20 posts is repeated later again with exact same posts). Don’t know why this is being done, but its definitely consciously s those copied sections are allowed to remain intact.
Maybe it works as ‘proof to their payers/sponsors’ that there are so many posters that its worthwhile to keep this dying one-eyed Mercedes/Bose/LH-promoting dinosaur alive?

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So let’s be perfectly honest about the drivers situation at Ferrari.

It was always evident that Kimi would never play the second fiddle, so Ferrari made that happen by way of strategy and other means.

Still he was too valuable for the Scuderia for many reasons (still brilliantly fast, good at developing, true racer, immensely popular among real fans, among others as well ect), so they wanted to keep him. So this was the conundrum for them, nothing else.

Now they will have the possibility to put young LeClerc to play wing-man to Seb and learn the ropes at the same time. With just a little bit of luck LeClerc could get the chance to show if he’s faster than Seb and prove he can deliver.

But most importantly, Ferrari will have the choice to do as they wish, with their drivers. That’s what was at stake regarding that issue.

Now there happened to be other schisms between Arrivo and Binotto, and a few others. But this is the politics of Ferrari in a nutshell.

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It was always evident that Kimi would never play the second fiddle

Eh?? That’s all he ever did for the last 5 years – Ferrari would throw him under the bus [to assist the #1 driver] whenever they felt like it and he just accepted it. If he’d been a bit quicker they’d have backed him, but the reality is that he just wasn’t as fast as either Alonso or Vettel – teams will always back their best bet and that’s exactly what Ferrari did. It would appear, though, that Ferrari believe that Vettel has got too comfy with Kimi as his team mate so they have installed a new young hotshot to put a rocket up his a** for 2019.

It’l be interesting to see how that plan pans out.

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Even this year he waved Vettel aside when explicitly asked. It was only when he was racing for the win and his contract wasn’t being renewed he let Vettel go.

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@AndrewM

You’re right. It wasn’t until Monza, when he was reportedly told on the morning of the race his services were no longer required, that Kimi showed any sort of spine. Up until then he was happy to eat sh*t pie whenever the team chose to feed it to him. I appreciate he was well rewarded for his compliant attitude – what I don’t get is all the fawning from his fans. He was Vettel’s gofer and before that Alonso’s, hardly the stuff heroes are made of.

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Alonso was kicked out, because he was a failure.

How bad does that make Kimi then? Imagine being a gofer and being completely and utterly outperformed by a failure!

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C63 Alonso was kicked out, because he was a failure.

Who was left. Kimi

Soon it’s time for Seb To leave

Kimi still the last Ferrari champion.

Alonso and Seb were not even at the level of gofers, just pure failures. Sorry to interrupt your fairy tale dreams.

Kimi is the end boss

52

Mercedes had the strategic plan of getting Bottas in front of and to slow down Vettel.

Ferrari on the other hand had to make a strategy to get Seb in front of Kimi

Whereby they looked incompetent at times

They could never give Kimi the order to let Seb pass, by way of teamorders. Kimi probably still would have if it was about the WDC or a rational thing to to. That usually or almost never wasn’t the case though, unfortunately for Seb.

This was evident in one particular race. Some Seb fans are very upset about it still today.

LeClerc can surely be told to move aside when needed for next year. Let’s hope they don’t fiddle with his strategies and fuel etc.

53

“Alonso was kicked out, because he was a failure.”
“Alonso and Seb were not even at the level of gofers, just pure failures. Sorry to interrupt your fairy tale dreams.”

ChriD. Literally amongst some the top most ignorant comments so far in 2019.

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david, I think you have already won the 2019 JAonF1 brassneck award!

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@ C63…you pose an interesting dilemma. If the arrival of Leclerc succeeds in getting Vettel to shift up another notch and improve his results then it will have worked but if Leclerc steals a few wins or consistently finishes ahead of Vettel then their dilemma deepens. How they tackle team orders will be the key issue here ,given that Leclerc can put his car either on the front row or within the top five on a regular basis. My guess is that they will only favor Vettel if he puts leclerc in the shade on a race by race basis. There will be a plan, that’s for sure.

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@kenneth

It’s only my opinion, but I reckon this season could be crunch time for Vettel. He’s got to deliver, and at the very least put Leclerc in his place convincingly, or it could be they’ll look to move him on. Who to replace him with though?

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A plausible scenario Adrian. The only thing is that Ferrari would never let Alonso rule the roost again like he likes to do. Leclerc is their long-term jewel, and they won’t let Alonso undermine his future. Alonso’s already into the declining ability years, and would be 38 going on 39 in 2020. He’d be a 1-2 yr option at max.

Not to mention that Lewis, Max, and Dan are all on the market in 2020 for the 2021 season.

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Maybe Alonso, the story of what might have been maybe?

Trouble is no on wants to hire him

Can’t be that good then, can he

Fairy tales!

Kimi the last Ferrari Champ,needed only one year to prevail.

The story that was a reality, no dreaming needed C63

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C63

As I understand it Vettel has 2 years left on his contract. My take is that if he gets beaten by LeClerc next season he’ll seek a release from his final year, that being 2020. Who will replace him? Who knows. Alonso?

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@ C63…Yes..it will be quite fascinating to spectate this year. If Vettel doesn’t shine brightly i figure that they’ll keep him on until ’20 when his contract expires then remove him. If leclerc is as good as some people think then he could well be the lead driver but if he isn’t then depending on how Renault/rRcciardo fare Daniel may just be a candidate. Ricciardo will by then be 31 years old and in his prime. Then again there are young drivers who could pair up with Leclerc even Versatppen if the Honda doesn’t work out.

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One really has to be naive to believe in fairy tales like like that C63.

But as long as you’re happy I won’t interfare.

62

ChrisD, the options are that either Kimi was employed as a wingman, or was significantly slower than both Fernando and Sebastian. Which is it?

63

ChrisD. Your hypothesis involves Kimi not noticing that all of these shenanigans were going on around him. If he wasn’t alowwed to beat Alonso or go for the win unless he was on pole as you claim, then there is no way he didn’t know about this, and the fact that he remained with the team tells us he was happy to race under these restrictions, therefore he was a wingman.

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Your really can’t put forward rational questions or premises can you?

That doesn’t deserve an answer but I’ll grant you a fairly elaborate and slightly speculative one, since the question was something of the kind. However unrealistic to answer, because of it’s nature, in a completely rational way.

Kimi was employed to replace Alonso and to have a Ferrari WDC at the team, while negotiating away Alonso.

Alonsos contract included, as always we’we learned over the years, (slightly speculative of course, but not unlikely) already clauses in his contract to always be in front of his teammate long before Kimi came in.

Kimi was there before Seb obviously. Then Seb came in, but that was not a done deal until very late, but according to Seb, this last seasons clauses said Kimi could only go for the win if he was on pole. Be that as it may, we don’t really know, but it could very well be that way. Would not be unrealistic for someone contemplating retirement. But that’s not saying nothing about a wing man in that sense, or nothing about the earlier seasons which must be looked at separately. And indeed, did we not get see a lot of wheeling and dealing from Ferrari to get Seb on pole. I don’t really want to explain the difference between a wing-man and the reasoning from Ferrari here, I believe it’s implied and clear enough.

In short, let’s jump over a few parts, Kimi was not a wing-man. If that would have been the case they would have deployed him the way Merc did with Bottas after his tyre blowout and he became the established wing-man.

Note, not because of him being slower (Bottas that is to Ham) but because of that tyre blow out. This was what Toto said himself. Bottas would have been a title contender if that had not occurred. So actually Bottas wasn’t a wing-man either, not until later, nor was he sufficiently slower until that moment. And indeed it was a very convenient time of Toto to invent the wing-man concept, which is supposed to be something different than other ones.

In other words park in front of Seb preferably or by other means slow Seb down, or Kimi when he was leading in Monza, or either Ferrari actually when most convenient.

To conclude in the shortest and most simplistic way I can.

Ferrari’s conundrum or problem if you will, was that they didn’t have Kimi contracted as a wing-man. It all came down to different peoples decisions on a day to day basis more or less, what would happen in the race. Hence the mistakes and amateurish appearance it all had to it.

What is a factor is of course that Kimi was/is getting old and couldn’t be their man for the future, witch no one is really saying. Of course they hoped that Seb would and now Charlie.

But still as the oldest man on the grid Kimi kept performing more than Seb would have wished for. And Ferrari tried to keep both happy, which was exactly what many criticized Ferrari for doing, still it was slightly more important to keep Seb at the team as their future man, and not the retiring one.

But Seb wasn’t really up to it, just like Alonso wasn’t and they both failed. Now it’s leaning towards Charlie, and his turn to try the ride the red horse and try his luck.

It took the GOAT five years to achieve what only took one for Kimi to do.

Nothing more to say really. Had they made the right decision, and put their chips solely on Kimi they could have had another WDC now again. Won by the elder citizen retiree he was said to be.

At least he would not cracked under pressure, I admit it’s a stretch to claim that anyone would have won the WDC in that Ferrari, but the result would have been a fight to the wire at least.

Conclusion Tim. No KImi was not a wing-man, neither was he slower than Seb, rather the other way around and not the slightest prone to crack under pressure, or in need of someone to hold his hand throughout the process.

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@Chris D

Fairy Tales??

The qualifying head to head between Seb and Kimi in 2018 was 17/4 in Sebs favour – Seb is quicker than Kimi, that’s an indisputable fact. Alonso had an even bigger qualifying advantage then Seb over Kimi but that doesn’t stop you Kimi fans from living in some fantasy world were Kimi is the greatest ever. Kimi has been little more than Vettel’s and Alonso’s bag carrier these last 5 years but because you think Kimi is cool you cannot see it. It’s too funny.

66

You have to let go C63, of that Alonso thing

@ChrisD

Just to be clear – I am no fan of Alonso. But irrespective of whether I like him or not, only a fool would try and claim that he wasn’t quicker than Kimi.

67

You have to let go C63, of that Alonso thing

As I’ve said before, the Alonso thing doesn’t really work without the other half, the stepfather figure from Italy, who had to pave the way for the kid.

It’s like Chip without a Dale, or more like the other way around.

The global banking giant is gone as well as his father figure and together with them went both the swagger and sway in a second, form formidable the matador.

No he’s out, with no drive. Absolutely not one team wanted to sign him it seems. You need to let go.

68

Kimi fans have to be some of the blindest ever. I mean I like Kimi, I think he’s a fair racer who just loves the thrill that it gives him. However, that doesn’t stop me from seeing the level that he performs at.

He’s not an A-list driver in terms of speed and consistent performance. His main strength is his ability to stay out of trouble and finish races.

It’s hard to reconcile how Kimi was with McLaren and Ferrari in 2007, with his seasons since rejoining Ferrari. I now believe that Kimi was never a match for the likes of Hamilton and Alonso. Even with a better car in 2007, it took the McLaren infighting for Kimi to only just sneak it.

Having said that, it would have been harsh on Kimi to not have won a title, but really that should have come in 2005 but for his horrible reliability that year.

I appreciate Kimi as a great character in the sport, but could do without all the “if only’s” that his hardcore fans frequently proffer as his only barriers to great success.

69

Exactly fairy tales, nothing else.

You got it.

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