The rumors we have been hearing about a possible Ferrari move for Kimi Raikkonen are at their strongest at the moment. And when rumors get to this level, you can be sure they are true. In fact, sources suggest the deal is done and it is only a matter of time before they officially announce it: Kimi Raikkonen has a Ferrari deal in his pocket.
This transfer is interesting from a couple of aspects. First of all, Kimi’s return from retirement must the most successful comeback in the history of the sport. Even His Schumacherness failed at it. But the great Finn with unique attitude did better than the best, most optimistic expectations. With a better car, he would even have a shot at the title this year.
Another fact that makes this fascinating is Kimi’s history with Ferrari. It was with the Scuderia that Raikkonen won his first, and so far only, world championship title in 2007. That said, they had to pay him off two years later to make room for Fernando Alonso, their current golden boy.
That brings us to the third, and probably most important, consequence of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari Move. Everybody knows that Kimi doesn’t give a damn about team orders. He won’t let anyone boss him around, and he damn sure wont make pull over for Alonso to go by. That can, potentially, cause a bit of an issue.
Regardless of the outcome of this malarkey, one thing’s for sure: Felipe Massa is gone. Ferrari has had it with Massa’s inconsistency, and are finally letting him go after eight years. Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg was the first option being considered to replace the Brazilian and act as Alonso’s number 2, but now that Kimi is coming on board – approved by Luca di Montezemolo himself – things are going to be different.