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Old 13 Apr 2017, 15:01 (Ref:3726110)   #1
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Räikkönen versus Vettel 2017

Surprised there wasn't a thread on this. Anyway, I started one.

The two Ferrari drivers(who apparently are friends and table tennis players).

It does seem that Ferrari is Vettel's team nowadays. They just seem to be around him now. Kimi is strong - but I wouldn't say that he was the Kimi of old(especially compared to his McLaren days). It does look likely that this will be his last season in F1.

Vettel is jointly leading the WDC. He also soundly thrashed Kimi at China last weekend.

Anyway, share your thoughts on this inter-team tangle?
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Old 13 Apr 2017, 15:08 (Ref:3726112)   #2
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I'm not really seeing much of a contest. Vettel is the team leader, in reality if not in hard print. Kimi will perform well from time to time, but I doubt that he will give Vettel much grief over the course of the season. (Sorry Pete..... ).
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Old 13 Apr 2017, 16:07 (Ref:3726128)   #3
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if there is a clear team hierarchy at this point, then i wonder why Ferrari didnt tell Kimi to move over (or why Kimi on his own didnt move over) for SV....i suspect this will change as the season goes on and the battle for WDC gets tighter.

also doubt it will lead to any acrimony as Kimi was more than willing to play the role of wing man during Massa's 2008 almost successful WDC campaign.

media black out during the pre season, no team orders (yet), competitive car right out of the gates, team harmony....not used to seeing this kind of Ferrari!
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Old 13 Apr 2017, 22:23 (Ref:3726227)   #4
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media black out during the pre season
And Ferrari have continued with their media black out during the season. The black out was in effect for certain days in Melbourne, China and also yesterday in Bahrain. No one in the team was allowed to talk, be interviewed, attend press conferences, etc.

In a sport where the fans are key, and the media is essential for reaching out to the fans, it's bemusing to think that a team like Ferrari would behave in such a way. Disrespectful to the sport even. Add to this the language used by the Ferrari drivers on the pit radio, it's a wonder they have any fans at all. Or have not been sanctioned in some way. It's no way for a so called 'top team' to represent the sport.

As for Kimi, he is nothing special. Over rated. Should've been booted out a long time ago.
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Old 14 Apr 2017, 08:40 (Ref:3726283)   #5
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I like it. I think there's such a thing as too much media exposure. Yes Fan access is good, but Ferrari have always been bad with media as far as I can recall. All they seem to be able to do is say how great they are, how winning is everything, how F1 is all about them, and how this will be their year. In light of that, media silence is somewhat refreshing.
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Old 14 Apr 2017, 13:22 (Ref:3726352)   #6
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The last win that Kimi had was back in 2013. Do you think he'll get another one at Ferrari?
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It seems for Kimi to win nowadays is for everything to be in place for him, otherwise he'll just cruise around and get points
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I like it. I think there's such a thing as too much media exposure. Yes Fan access is good, but Ferrari have always been bad with media as far as I can recall. All they seem to be able to do is say how great they are, how winning is everything, how F1 is all about them, and how this will be their year. In light of that, media silence is somewhat refreshing.
agreed. i also find it refreshing.

the media is a hungry animal and at some point you have to stop feeding the beast and it's appetite for manufactured controversy and click bait headlines.

so i dont think its a disservice to the fans nor is it disrespectful...imo, quite the opposite really.
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Kimi reminds me of a pool shark. Vettel will score some points, gain some confidence and only to be thrashed by his team mate as the season goes on.


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Old 15 Apr 2017, 02:46 (Ref:3726492)   #10
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I honestly can't see Kimi touching vettel in any meaningful manner all season. He's not in the same tier anymore.

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I'm conflicted. In the first half of 2016, I thought Räikkönen was a busted flush and Ferrari should drop him. But once his contract was renewed, he really came on strongly, and outqualified Vettel more often than not. So the speed is still there; the question is, can he unlock it every weekend?
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Old 15 Apr 2017, 18:03 (Ref:3726703)   #12
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Obviously it comes down to issues with Kimi's car. Rear tire temp issues to under steer. Nothing to do with driver ability.


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Vettel will win overall. He might have his down days, but over the course of a season he'll always beat Kimi.
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Look Vettel is no.1, Kimi is no.2. Kimi is in the twilight of his F1 career and he's fully aware of that so he's making hay whilst he can.
There will be fresh options for Ferrari come the end of the season.
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Maybe the ghost of Nigel Stepney once again sabotaging Kimi's car?


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