Ferrari’s Sergio Marchionne Wants Discussion Over Raikkonen’s Form

Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne is advocating that the team “sit down” with Kimi Raikkonen after his race performance left the Ferrari president underwhelmed.

The Chinese Grand Prix was one hell of an event. More action-packed than the preceding outing in Australia, the race went on to solidify that the two main rivals for the season are setting up to be Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton – with a hungry Verstappen in tow.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 09: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer leads Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 9, 2017 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 09: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer leads Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 9, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Whilst Ferrari is no doubt proud of its driver for snagging second place to the ever-elusive Hamilton, they seem less than enthused about their other driver, Kimi Raikkonen. Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has come out in a statement only a day after the race, saying that he believes Raikkonen needs a good ol’ fashioned talkin’ to after his performance in China:

“I talked about this with Maurizio. Maybe they should sit around a table and he should talk to him. Today he seemed to be busy with other stuff. Vettel was more aggressive.” – Sergio Marchionne

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 09: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H past the Scuderia Ferrari pit wall during the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 9, 2017 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 09: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H past the Scuderia Ferrari pit wall during the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 9, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Curious, for Marchionne to come out against Raikkonen in such a direct fashion, after it was clear during the race that Kimi was experiencing issues with his car. He could be heard multiple times over the radio complaining that his car was losing torque – and there were certainly moments out on the track that looked as if his car had hit a brick wall as it lost momentum.

Ferrari fan response has been mixed on Marchionne’s statements, with some claiming that Ferrari is clearly funnelling more resources into Sebastian Vettel’s car – leaving Kimi to flounder. That isn’t a situation that’s unheard of, especially with Vettel in the team.

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Although such claims are unsubstantiated for the moment, there is a clear dissonance between the president’s statements and what occurred out on the track. Vettel was stuck behind his teammate for quite some time, but after he zipped past the disparity in Kimi’s power unit became quite apparent.

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