Our top ten F1 drivers of 2013
Vettel might have run away with the title, but which drivers impressed TG this season?
Posted: 01 Jan 2014
7) Kimi Räikkonen
Third in the championship after an extraordinarily consistent run on no pay would, you'd think, see Kimi further up this table than seventh, but as regulars around here know, we are not always convinced by Kimi.
Having tipped him not to star this year, he promptly went out and won the first race of the season, at a canter. We were obliged to eat our words. But then it didn't get any better and it became apparent that the Mk II Kimi is an altogether different machine from the Mk I.
Räikkonen showed himself extremely capable of driving the Lotus E21 to the required strategy, rarely having to add any extra ‘Kimi' in order to get the result the team had decided on the evening before. Of course, when he did, like at Monaco, it was often extraordinary. That's the Kimi we want.
Otherwise it was business as usual, only with a little extra needle as it became apparent that his relationship with Lotus was slowly unravelling. There's no excuse for a team not paying a driver all season long when contracted to do so, with Kimi electing to drive on, maybe he could have kept his mouth shut? He's not for everyone, certainly, and seems an extraordinary choice for a team as riven by politics as Ferrari.