Raikkonen gives brutally honest reason behind why ‘failure’ Vettel struggled during golden opportunity at Ferrari

Former F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen thinks Sebastian Vettel was unsuccessful at Ferrari, saying that he didn’t do what the team signed him for.

Raikkonen and Vettel were teammates for four years at the Marenello team between 2015 and 2018. The German was signed to deliver a world title; the last time being Raikkonen himself.

However, the four-time world champion failed to add a fifth title to his collection. He was comprehensively beaten by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and ultimately left the team after the 2020 season.

As a result, Raikkonen thinks Vettel was unsuccessful at Ferrari, saying the former Red Bull driver couldn’t fulfill his objective.

“Obviously (he’s) a great guy,” Raikkonen spoke of Vettel on the Beyond The Grid podcast, as quoted by formula1news.co.uk.

“We had a good relationship always, and (he had) a very particular way of working.

“It’s like, if you’ve done your work, if you’re only going to stay at the paddock, or whatever it is, for an extra three hours to make sure that you’re last (to leave), that you look good.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen driver for Ferrari.v1
Vettel and Raikkonen (front and back) were teammates at Ferrari. Source: formula1news.co.uk

“People can do what they want. I’ll do my job, and when I’m happy that everything is done as we wish with the engineers, I leave.”

Wasn’t successful

“We are all here to try to win, and if you don’t win, it’s kind of been a failure, in many ways,” the Finn explained.

“I don’t mean it as a bad way. There could be endless reasons for it.

“But we are here, especially when you’re in a team that we expected to win as a team, you could say that is a failure, or it’s kind of (that) the year didn’t count much, but that’s just what happens.

“But also with Seb, we used to live very close to each other, so (we) got to spend some time (together) outside of the race,” he concluded.

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