The frustrating shortcomings of F1's misunderstood man
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The frustrating shortcomings of F1's misunderstood man

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Kimi Raikkonen's flashes of brilliance and enigmatic character make him a valuable addition to the grid - but, as one former team boss explains, Formula 1's elder statesman's failure to realise his full potential will always be deeply frustrating

"I rather doubt," an Italian colleague murmured on race morning at Monza, "that Kimi is going to help Sebastian very much today." How so? "Well," my friend went on, "this could be his last chance to win a grand prix - and they've told him he's out..."

Raikkonen and Vettel get along well, which is one reason why Seb has always been keen for Kimi's one-year Ferrari contracts to be renewed; the other, more significantly, is that if asked, he has long proved willing to ride shotgun, and that really sits well with Vettel.

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