Villeneuve: Raikkonen is driving as if he is in Formula 3

Kimi Raikkonen has struggled so far in 2014

Kimi Raikkonen has struggled so far in 2014

Outspoken 1997 Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has slammed Kimi Raikkonen for struggling to shine in 2014, and is adamant that the popular Finn should quit.

After two impressive comeback years with Lotus, Finn Raikkonen was signed for this season by Ferrari, with whom he won his title in 2007.

However, two years later Ferrari ousted Raikkonen, and so the news of his 2014 return was a shock to French-Canadian Villeneuve.

“Who would have imagined he even comes back to Formula 1 in the first place?” the 43-year-old told Italy’s Omnicorse. “Who would have thought he would return to Ferrari? No one – yet there he is at Maranello.”

Jacques Villeneuve and Kimi Raikkonen in 2005

Jacques Villeneuve and Kimi Raikkonen in 2005

Villeneuve, however, said that 34-year-old Raikkonen – the oldest driver in Formula 1 today – has no right to be blaming the Formula 14-T for his poor season.

“For him, the gas is either fully open or nothing,” he said. “He is having a series of spins as though he is in Formula 3. If he can’t drive in Formula 1 anymore, he should go home. He is a very experienced driver, so he shouldn’t be making excuses at every grand prix like a rookie does.

“He should take two or three races to change how he’s driving, and if he can’t, that’s a problem. You can’t go on like this when you’re a world champion. You have no right to make excuses,” insisted Villeneuve.

Ironically many feel Villeneuve himself over stayed his welcome in Formula 1, having won the title in 1997. With ten grand prix wins he never stood on the top step of the podium again until he quit eight years later, midway through the  2006 season. (GP247-GMM)