Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen first debuted in Formula One in 2001, since then, he has come a long way and even won the World Championship in 2007. After a sabbatical in 2009, he returned to the fray in 2012 with the Lotus team. Now, he is racing for Ferrari since 2014, and his teammate Sebastian Vettel has been consistently getting the better of him.
Don’t get me wrong, Raikkonen is still fast but with age catching up fast, there will soon come a time when the Flying Finn has to hang up his boots, if his contract doesn’t expire first. Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne has issued many threats for Raikkonen to be more competitive or his contract would be under threat. If Raikkonen does leave the Scarlet team, Essentially Sports looks at potential candidates who can succeed the Finn.
The Frenchman has developed well as a driver, from an accident prone driver in 2012 to a much more mature driver, he has come a long way. He left the Lotus team to join American outfit Haas F1 in 2016. The move was particularly strategic because Haas is a Ferrari customer and it brings him a step closer to a race seat. Grosjean has also become increasingly agitated with the car’s slow adjustment to the brakes and other technical issues. “I don’t know the answer (to that),” Grosjean said. after the race in Baku “Life is full of surprises. I think if you ask Valtteri (Bottas) what he was doing (in 2017) in December, he would have said Williams, and next thing you know, he’s in a world champion’s car. So it’s a phone call (away), and the best we can do is the best job on track.” He is frustrated that he has won a lot of races in the junior series but has not had a chance to challenge for a victory in F1.