Ferrari and Fiat chief Luca di Montezemelo confirmed at last week's Monza tests that Ferrari will retain the services of both Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.
There has been mass speculation on the Finn's future in the sport. Many people say his motivation and commitment to F1 is waning. Bernie Ecclestone said that he was never sure if Kimi was actually "in love" with F1.
Well, we all know that Kimi hates his PR obligations more than anything. Though I believe that Kimi is still an extremely motivated driver. It is simply his cool approach to preparing for Grands Prix that lead people to question his drive.
As we've all seen this season, Kimi's main problem has been qualifying. For a number of reasons, he simply isn't getting his tyres and car in the sweet spot over lap. However, he is very quick over a series of laps. Why Massa has been able to nail the qualifying laps is a bit of a mystery to me. I can only speculate that maybe the car suits his qualifying driving style more, I can't be certain.
F1 now heads to Kimi's all-time favourite race track: Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Kimi has won the last three Grands Prix there on the trot. I am very hopeful that this race will yield a victory for Kimi and turn his season around. I'm also hopeful that Ferrari have continued to improve the performance of his car over a single lap at last week's Monza tests. Time will tell, but time is slowly running out. Luckily for us and Kimi, the remainder of the races are Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen race tracks... though there is a question mark over Singapore (the night race!).
Let's continue to give Kimi our support! We can't have Massa or, disastrously, win the World Championship!!