2007 World Champion, Kimi Raikkonen recently spoke about Charles Leclerc and his move to Ferrari. The Finn truly believes that the Monegasque driver can prove his mettle at Ferrari. However, he warned that the extra “hassle” at Ferrari could potentially be a distraction. So, his advice to the youngster was to simply focus on the driving aspect
The 39-year old and LeClerc traded places this year, after signing a multi-year deal to race with Alfa Romeo.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, Raikkonen admitted that life as a Ferrari driver is easier if one stays away from some of the aspects at Maranello.
“He [Leclerc] knows the team, because he’s been with Ferrari for quite a few years now, so you know, it’s not like he is going in a new place,” explained Raikkonen. “And he has experience from F1.
“You know, it is a special place to be. It’s a bit of hassle at certain times, but that’s how it’s always been, and it’s easier [for him] not to get involved in too many things and just do what he is hired to do.”
When probed further, Raikkonen said: “Often we are used to things being done [in a certain way], but in Ferrari sometimes it is a bit [different].
“If that doesn’t disturb you, it’s good. Don’t get involved and then just do what they ask you. I don’t…
“And because he knows the people, you know, he worked with them, so it should be quite easy and smooth.”
Kimi Raikkonen also said that he only found out about Maurizio Arrivabene’s departure through a friend.
“I think I read it the same like everybody else,” he said. “Or actually I didn’t read. My mom’s boyfriend asked me “did you see?” I said “no” because we were in Finland, and not interested to see any news.
“I had no idea. And now I have no idea [about] reasons and [it’s] not my business to know either and to get involved.”
Lastly, he opened up about his own expectations for the 2019 season.
“I think for sure here is more relaxed,” he said. “It’s more about racing, and less about politics and bullshit. Generally that’s easier for everybody, you know. I think that’s what everybody prefers, for sure.”