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Ferrari: Raikkonen a dangerous threat to title

Source: autosport.com

Kimi Raikkonen has emerged as a ‘danger man’ for Ferrari’s title hopes, according to the Italian team.

The Lotus driver moved up to third place in the standings after Monza thanks to his fifth-place finish, and his impressive consistency leaves him just 38 points behind Fernando Alonso in the standings – and one point behind Lewis Hamilton.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali thinks the title battle is wide open, and that Raikkonen is the one to watch out for because he has been performing so well without being under the spotlight.

“I have to respect all of them,” said Domenicali when asked about who he felt was Ferrari’s biggest threat for the world championship. “I always said Kimi step-by-step is a dangerous driver, and he is getting closer and closer.

“Hamilton, with the car he has now, is very, very strong and we have seen in the last few races that anything can happen. So all the drivers that are in the top five/six I think need to be taken very seriously.

“We need to see race-by-race what is the competitive situation of the car that they are driving. That is the only thing we have to do now.”

Domenicali also believes that the fight for the constructors’ championship has been blown wide open by the double retirement for Red Bull at Monza. The reigning champion outfit is 19 points ahead of McLaren now, with Ferrari 17 points further adrift.

“I have to say for us that because of the retirement of Red Bull, the constructors’ is difficult but still open for the four top teams.

“So it is another motivating factor for all of us, to make sure we are performing as we can and that is what we will do.”

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8 responses

  1. Leonardo

    Yes, I agree. Get that Lotus up to straight-line speed (“I need more power” -KR), then The Iceman will dominate every race from now. Trust me. And unlike Grojean, Kimi does not make mistakes. He’s brilliant!!!!

    C’mon Lotus!!!!! Get that damn car sorted for KIMI!

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    September 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

  2. erix

    This is a political tactic from Ferrari..words to influence driver feeling. Don’t listen to them..

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    September 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    • amit

      I agree with erix, politics is whts there in ferrari’s mind. Its gng to alonso vs lewis vs vettel for the championship.. Lewis to me looks favourite given the strong car, faster pitstop and better strategy by mclaren.. Lotus are lacking in all three aspects.

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      September 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    • Fuck Ferrari!! Nd we all know KiMi is probably the only driver who cant be influenced by offtrack/ontrack bullshits. So,let domenicali say whatever he wants,coz nothing is gonna make KiMI loose his cool nd cconfidence.. Remember He is “THE ICEMAN”,the coolest kid in F1. 😉
      Just Give him more power(icecream) guyz…. 😀

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      September 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

      • erix

        Kimi is the coolest, but remember he has a wife..who would welcome red money.

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        September 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

  3. rajan

    It will be a hard slap to ferrari’s face if kimi really show them how dangerous he is by winning 2012 WDC. He really has bright chance this year i feel. He looks more serious too by judging his press comments after the race. Lotus should not get relaxed and should keep bringing updates, only then kimi would be in a position to fight for championship…..He needs to win some races now…starting from singapore…

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    September 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm

  4. ajsic

    Completely true, Rajan.

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    September 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm

  5. Alex

    Lotus already has The Driver now it’s time to have The Best Car

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    September 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

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