[F1 2017 NEWS] FERRARI: RAIKKONEN MADE SENSE

Ferrari re-signing Kimi Räikkönen for another season may seem like a lost opportunity to bring in fresh blood… 

… especially with its young driver academy awash with razor-sharp talent – like Formula 2 championship leader Charles Leclerc.

But another one-year deal for the Finn makes sense – not just with top-shelf racing drivers like Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, and Carlos Sainz potentially available from 2019.

It also, importantly, ensures stability within the team – something not to be undervalued in any sport, let alone in endlessly complex F1.

SOUNDBITE: (English) MARK PRESTON, 
F1 TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, 2006-2008:
“I think stability, even though maybe it sounds boring, but stability, specialization, all those things that are, the top teams have, is why they’re strong.”

The Prancing Horse’s pairing, with Sebastian Vettel now confirmed, will, in 2018, be the most stable on the grid – their fourth year together – ensuring at least 81 races contested as teammates.

… 23 short of the record, held by the most successful Ferrari pairing of all time – Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello sharing 104 races for the Scuderia between 2000 and 2005.

Retaining Vettel and Räikkönen will help Ferrari to do what it does best: focus on building the best Formula 1 car it can.

… which it needs to do with Red Bull on the rise.

SOUNDBITE: (English) MARK PRESTON, 
F1 TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, 2006-2008:
“Keeping everything stable, keeping it on the path. It’s all about perfection, it’s all about not making mistakes. It’s all about good directions, so I suppose it’ll be the same at Ferrari.”