F1 Fansite

F1 News

Easier F1 could suit smoking Kimi Raikkonen

Easier F1 could suit smoking Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

Of F1′s eleven teams, only Mercedes and Marussia are heading into the 2014 season with unchanged driver pairings.

Undoubtedly, however, it is Ferrari‘s shakeup that has triggered the most discussion.

Many disagree about which former champion, Fernando Alonso or the Ferrari returnee Kimi Raikkonen, will get the upper hand this season.

Felipe Massa picks Alonso, because the Spaniard “combines talent with brains”, but Mika Hakkinen thinks Raikkonen’s smoother style is “perfect” for the high-torque turbos.

Jacques Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion, is also betting on the Finn — but for a different reason.

There are a few, older photos of Raikkonen smoking cigarettes circulating on the internet, but the latest series has been dated as 2014, and depicting the 34-year-old with his newest girlfriend Minttu.

The magazine images can be seen here:
Easier F1 could suit smoking Kimi Raikkonen

So in the era of super-fit drivers like triathlon lover Jenson Button, Villeneuve thinks the 2014 rules might level the playing field for Raikkonen.

“With the new rules, where basically the drivers won’t have to drive on the edge the whole time, it won’t be too physical, it could suit Kimi,” he told Sky Sports.

Villeneuve also thinks Raikkonen could capitalise on the relationship between Alonso and Ferrari, which was undoubtedly tense at times last year.

“Last year Alonso wasn’t the golden boy of Ferrari anymore, the energy wasn’t good anymore,” he said. “They were all fighting internally and that’s why they put Kimi in there.

“But if we remember a few years ago it ended in tears with Kimi as well, so who knows what will happen,” Villeneuve added.

Share + comment and subscribe to our free F1 newsletter

PinIt

Latest F1 News posts:

Find older posts on our F1 News page »

Free F1 Newsletter

Early Booking Discounts on F1 Tickets

Buy F1 tickets cheaper at F1-Fansite.com 2014 Formula 1 season Early Booking discounts are:
F1 Grand Prix
Discount

F1 Tickets Spanish Grand Prix Monaco
-5% till 30-04-'14 Book Now
F1 Tickets Spanish Grand Prix Britain
Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets German F1 GP Italy
-5% till 31-05-'14
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets German F1 GP Japan
Available
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Hungarian F1 GP USA Available Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Belgian F1 GP Belgium -5% till 31-05-'14
Book Now
Book F1 Tickets Belgian F1 GP Singapore -15% till 30-04-'14
Book Now
Buy F1 MerchandiseBuy F1 Merchandise of your favourite driver or team.