More pressure on Raikkonen after Silverstone says Hakkinen

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An awkward situation has arisen with regards to Kimi Raikkonen’s future at Ferrari as hot favourite to replace him at Maranello is fellow Finn Valterri Bottas and yet another Finn, Mika Hakkinen, says that Silverstone may have been decisive with regards to their respective futures.

Hakkinen said in his latest interview for the sponsor Hermes that there is currently “a lot of politics” involved in Raikkonen’s future at Ferrari and added, “What happened at Silverstone definitely doesn’t make the situation any easier for him.”

He is referring to the Finn’s obvious error in switching fatally early from dry to rain tyres. But Hakkinen said tyre decisions in changeable conditions like that are actually “a lottery”.

“No one can decide purely with reason what is the right moment to change,” said the 1998 and 1999 world champion. “Lewis of course was fantastically successful, and with Kimi it was exactly the opposite.”