Kimi Raikkonen has cut a frustrating figure in Formula 1 in recent years. A driver capable of great things but delivering them sparingly, one inspiring great fan devotion yet rarely rewarding it with his results. In the 99 starts of his second Ferrari stint, he resembled a top liner only in brief flashes and rarely strung together the consistently strong race weekends required of a true top gun.
He clogged up a top seat for five years, occupying a car that could have been put to better use by others, and made the battle at the front more one-dimensional. He looked like a man of the past and, save for that glorious day at Austin last year where he nailed it with victory, he largely was - despite last year being the best season of his Ferrari comeback.
But by moving to Sauber, he becomes something else. Some argue that the 39-year old should have retired rather than returning to Sauber simply to pick up some midfield results and blocking an up-and-comer from taking his place. But as a Sauber driver, he is immediately a more positive influence in F1 and therefore far easier to appreciate having around.