Raikkonen’s Future Hangs in Balance

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Kimi Raikkonen could be competing in his final season in Formula One due to his inability to maximise the potential of his Ferrari in the 2017 campaign.

Since his return to the sport in 2012, Raikkonen has not displayed the same quality in his driving than before his two-term sabbatical. Before his exit, he was considered one of the leading drivers, having won the Drivers’ Championship in the 2007 season, defeating Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton by a single point.

After finishing third in the 2008 campaign, he staged a slight decline, losing his place at Ferrari in the process. He spent one term at Lotus before opting to leave the sport to participate in rally driving and Nascar, although he did make a swift return after finding limited success.

Raikkonen rejoined Lotus and found his peak form, performing above expectations as he finished third, claiming one victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and placing behind only Sebastian Vettel and Alonso.

He began the next term with a victory at the Australian Grand Prix, but that would be the high point of the campaign as he settled for fifth spot in the Drivers’ Championship. However, the Finn did enough to convince the Ferrari hierarchy to re-sign him for the 2014 season.

Since then, Raikkonen has been unable to kick on, although the Italian outfit have not benefited from the best of cars until the current campaign.

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Even though the 37-year-old has not been at his best and has not claimed a victory on the circuit since 2013, his quality and that of Ferrari still makes him a viable threat to end his drought this term. As a result, the Finn would be an ideal candidate for using Oddschecker’s free bets, such as bet £10, get £40 to win at least one race in the rest of the season.

Raikkonen did come close to breaking his duck at the Monaco Grand Prix after claiming pole position on the grid. The Finn pitted in lap 33 and his team-mate Vettel stayed out longer, which proved to be a sound strategy, allowing the German to clinch the victory.

The 37-year-old’s form has dipped of late, although he has proven credentials in the races remaining on the calendar – none more so than Abu Dhabi, the scene of triumph in 2012.

It will be a challenge for Raikkonen to rise to the occasion one more time, but his future at Ferrari as well as the sport could well hinge on one last effort.