Arrivabene: Kimi is a real team player

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen moaned a lot during the Hungarian Grand Prix, making it clear that he was quicker than Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, but in the end the veteran Finn played the team game and was praised by his team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.

Speaking after the team’s first one-two at Hungaroring since 2004, Arrivabene said, “Seb drove a magnificent race, managing to keep the lead despite the problem with the steering wheel. He was helped by a great performance from Kimi who demonstrated, not only that he is a champion, but also that he is a true team player.”

For Ferrari and the way they go racing, Raikkonen being a team player is the main reason the team is set to extend his contract for another year.

“A great race and a result obtained in far from easy circumstances. Once again it demonstrated the strength of character at Ferrari. Congratulations to the guys here and back in Maranello, working together in what is the mark of a great team,” added the Ferrari team chief.

Watching the tense race unravel from the Ferrari pit garage, in Budapest, was big boss Sergio Marchionne, who said afterwards, “A much needed win and in a sense overdue. I think the great thing about this one is that we earned it. This was a tough, tough race. We almost lost it, but we got it back so I’m pleased.”

Ferrari head to the summer break trailing Mercedes by 39 points in the constructors’ championship, while Vettel leads the drivers’ standings by 14 points over Lewis Hamilton.

Raikkonen, who won Ferrari’s last drivers’ championship back in 2007, is fifth in the standings, albeit 86 points down on his teammate at the top of the table.

Big Question: Is Ferrari being unfair to make Kimi play the role of number two in the team?