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Raikkonen: Ferrari will give Vettel “exactly the same treatment” as Leclerc

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Former Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen doubts the team will give preferential treatment to Charles Leclerc because Sebastian Vettel will leave them at the end of the year.

Raikkonen, who drove for Ferrari between 2007 and 2009 and again from 2015 to 2018, said he was “absolutely not” treated any differently by the team before his departures.

“I’m certain that they get exactly the same treatment, both of them,” he said in today’s FIA press conference. “It’s in their benefit to try to get the best result in both cars so I don’t see why they’d do anything.”

Last week Vettel said he was surprised Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto decided not to renew his contract for next year, prompting claims the relationship between the two had broken down. However Raikkonen doubts the situation has become this bad.

“I spoke to him last weekend quickly, I think it was before the start. That’s all what I know. I don’t know what’s going on there, it’s none of my business and I think it’s unfair to comment if somebody is treated badly or not because I don’t know what’s going on.

“I doubt that they have as bad a relationship as people are making out. Sometimes it goes this way that you leave the team or you choose to leave, whichever way it is and we’ll see what happens in his future.”

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5 comments on “Raikkonen: Ferrari will give Vettel “exactly the same treatment” as Leclerc”

  1. Raikkonen, who drove for Ferrari between 2007 and 2009 and again from 2015 to 2018

    Raikkonen’s second stint with Ferrari started in 2014.

  2. Why does he get a question about something that doesn’t concern him at all, LOL?

    1. Now let me see !!! Maybe because they asked him !!
      And he was on the same team and went through the same.
      Not letting KIMI call attention: “I don’t know what’s going on there, it’s none of my business and I think it’s unfair to comment if somebody is treated badly or not because I don’t know what’s going on . “

  3. So… indirectly… he kinda recognizes the team did not favour VET (at all) in the years when they were team mates?!

    1. They did and didn’t, they favour him when it wasn’t needed, they didn’t favour him when it was immensely needed

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