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Do not write Kimi Raikkonen off?

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by vidic4ever (U11870489) 26 August 2008
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Although Raikkonen is 13 points behind Hamilton and 7 behind Massa, I expect him to put him a stern challenge in the defence of his crown. I can see him leading a ferrari 1-2 in belgium, and then winning in Italy which would close things down to leave all 3 within 5 points of each other heading into singapore which will be unpredicatble as it is a new track. Then i expect him to win in singapore and probably japan with Massa winning in Brazil. To be honest i think, Looking at ferrari's pace Mclaren will be lucky to win another race this year with singapore creating their biggest chance, but i expect raikkonen to kick start his challenge in belgium.

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posted Aug 28, 2008

Raikonnen has the potential to win this year driver championship; the boy has showed his quality before. Moreover, he is a master of the legendary Spa circiut.

However, the question that must be asked is whether Ferrari can sort out there poor reliability issues? The once imperious technical reliability is being pushed to the extreme, and with Spa and Monza being another two demanding circuits on engine components, it remains to be seen if Ferrari can match Massas and Raikonnens ambition of gaining or retaining the drivers championship by supplying an adequate car for the job.

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comment by deperer (U1960100)

posted Aug 28, 2008

I thought Hamilton's idol was senna... seems to me its more like Alonso by taking this more cautious mindset

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posted Aug 28, 2008

I won't write Kimi off, but a win at Spa certainly wouldn't do him any harm.

Given Ferrari's recent reliability issues, Massa's engine may not last the race?

Ferrari win in Monza? That'll be one hell of a surprise; it's a track that suits the McLaren's...

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comment by Francis (U8237842)

posted Aug 28, 2008

Honestly, it's all a bit confusing at the moment. Hamilton clearly has the points advantage, but it would be foolish to write off either of the Ferraris. Kimi is always strong at Spa, Phillipe is the driver on form at the moment, who by the way would have been leading the championship if not for the engine letting go is Hungary. It wouldn't be out of place to predict a Ferrari 1-2 at the checkered flag in Spa. But in my opinion, it could be either of the Ferrari drivers taking 1st place. If Kimi is able to win Spa and take out a reasonable chunk out of Hamilton lead, i.e 4+ points, it could spark off a revival in his title defence. But if Phillipe leads a Ferrari 1-2, we could see the team giving him the lead position as the best place driver. But if I had to make a choice, I'd have to stick with Kimi. Kimi has never been the most vocal driver, he's not known for defending himself and talking much, quite the opposite of Mr. Hamilton. For him to actually come out and say; Yes, I'm motivated and I want to win; gives the impression that Kimi is planning to drive the wheels of his car, leaving everybody else seeing red!

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posted Aug 29, 2008

Why does Kimi seem to fall asleep in the middle of the season - now two years running? And history is nothing - the fact he may have won in Spa previously has no bearing at all on what happens in 2008.

Why is everyone so keen to make excuses for the Ferrari drivers (it was only a few races ago that Massa could barely keep it on the track at Silverstone), while Hamilton has barely put a foot wrong - and the knives are constantly out for him. And this from people in his home country!

I bet the Spanish don't do the same to Alonso, or the Brazilians to Massa ... so what's wrong with the Brits - that we want to destory our sporting greats???

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posted Aug 29, 2008

"Ferrari win in Monza? That'll be one hell of a surprise; it's a track that suits the McLaren's..."

If it is a track that suits mclaren and that it would be a surprise for ferrari to win on can u explain why Mclaren have only won 3 of the last 14 races there whereas ferrari have won 7 of the last 14. I take it you are going by last years result which was very deceiving even though mclaren finished 1-2. If you remember Raikkonen had a massive shunt in practice with no apparent cause for the accident which caused ferrari to take a cautious approaach in qualifying and the race and then Massa retired at the start of the race which left a wounded raikkonen to fight the mclaren where he almost snatched second place from hamilton by 1 stopping

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posted Sep 2, 2008

I agree with Uk-Minardi-Fan. Even Damon Hill wrote Hamilton off after Hungry and he was singing his praises before. I also don't agree with ''ferrari/Kimi are traditionally good there'' As being a good way to predict race results. I've said it before, Massa is not a race driver, he's good at wonder lap in Qualies or leading from the front and thats it, and you can forget it in the rain. So on a 'drivers curcuit' he better hope to be on pole. for me it will be Ham, Kimi or Kubica leading the from the front. and as far as Hamilton being tired!? looks to me like he's just learning what needs to be done.. why try and hunt Massa down and end up with ANOTHER championship ruining puncture?? too hot in valencia for that, McLaren did the right thing.. Uk minardi is right, Hamilton is one of our sporting greats and i cant wait until he wraps it up this year and shuts a few people up.

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posted Sep 3, 2008

We don't destroy our sporting greats, we only get down hearted on the self proclaimed sporting greats. Lewis walks round with the arrogance of an Alonso, except he hasn't achieved Zip in F1, look at his pit lane incident running into Kimi he still thought his punishment was far too harsh just arrogance, and to be fair to Massa for a non race driver his pass in Indie and the first corner pass on Hamilton in Hungary are pretty good going. Lewis will undoubtedly pray for rain/ Ferrari engine failiure, to achieve the win this doesn't constitute a sporting great.

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posted Sep 3, 2008

To Pacmanjunior: Granted, LH isn't a world champion (yet), but to say he hasn't achieved anything is F1 is rubbish. I don't know were people get this arrogance thing from niether, whenever LH has under performed he's come out and said so, no excuses. And that first corner in Hungary was demonstrated by Massa's friend who drives in GP2, in the race before the F1 race, he didnt just pull that one out of a hat.

Lewis doesn't have to prey for anything. Massa should be the one preying for it not to rain if anything.. Kimi won the title last year on Mclarens misfortunes (tires mainly), Shumacher won title in 90's by taking Hill out, does this mean their not great drivers? Every driver likes a certain condition or needs a bit of luck to win a season, thats F1, but to say LH needs that to happen for him to win is also rubbish. I'm starting to think theirs more people in Spain who like LH than in England lol

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posted Sep 5, 2008

Schumi also won the title by massive points margins hence why we restructured the points scoring, and won without having the best machinary at his disposal. Kimi won the championship by winning the most amount of races, yet Lewis not long ago moaned about the whole world being against him the officials (the ones that kept him in the championship last year) and the media, one wet race later he's back, and when he got to Hungary he just had to turn up to win, facts are take Massa's DNF's then throw in his poor performances in the wet at Monaco and Silverstone especially in Monaco where he was winning easily, and I say Lewis outraced him in Germany only.

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