Kimi Räikkönen fans who were upset to hear that the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team has reportedly decided against extending his contract now have recourse, as someone has created a petition on Change.org urging Ferrari to give the 38-year-old Finnish driver his seat back. Last week, reports emerged that the famous Maranello-based team plans on replacing Räikkönen with rookie Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 driver Charles Leclerc, and that Räikkönen is now considering retiring from Formula One racing – a sport in which he’s competed since 2001, skipping only the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
“Replacing Kimi Raikkonen just because of an existing deal made by the previous Ferrari head is not justifiable while Scuderia Ferrari’s current Head and Sebastian Vettel need Kimi to keep the balance in the team,” Christy John wrote in the Change.org petition. “Kimi has also outperformed Vettel number of times proving he is back on form and his drive in Monza just adds more credibility to that.”
The Italian F1 Grand Prix at Monza was indeed a strong showing for Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen, who finished second after starting from pole. Räikkönen, we suspect, could easily have won the race if not for Ferrari’s questionable pit strategy, which saw the Finn pitting earlier than his Mercedes-AMG rivals to swap tires, leaving him with old, blistering rubber by the end of the race. Meanwhile, Scuderia Ferrari’s golden boy – championship hopeful Sebastian Vettel – collided with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap, spinning off-track and having to fight his way back from nineteenth.
Charles Leclerc represents a rather risky choice to replace Kimi Räikkönen on the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team, having only just come up from the FIA Formula 2 Championship. He’s so far outshined his Alfa Romeo Sauber teammate, Marcus Ericcson, earning more points and achieving a best result of sixth place at the F1 race in Azerbaijan, but he’s only earned points in the series on five occasions, mostly while finishing tenth.