News of Raikkonen's Dismissal Sends A Heatwave Through The "Iceman"

Todd TimberlakeContributor IOctober 1, 2009

VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 22:  Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari arrives in the paddock before qualifying for the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on August 22, 2009, in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

I am certainly no exception to the hundreds of thousands…even millions…of fans who expect better from a Team that has seen more World Championships than any other.  Scuderia needs to get their proverbial “shift” in gear and start chasing for another Championship, and if doing so means dropping a Champion driver like Raikkonen, then so be it!  However, I will be the first to say that Kimi, while a bit of a nuisance at times, is yet a quirky and overall likeable guy.  Since the accident that saw Felipe Massa out for the season, the “Iceman” has been on the prowl, and has proven that he can still place himself atop the Winner’s Podium.  While the fans may like the “Fin”, it is clear that SF is not running a popularity contest, and evidently they are tired of his shenanigans!  They have decided his race has been run, and it is time to find a replacement.  As for the new guy, I have had an unparalleled distrust, and general abhorrence for Alonso ever since he beat Schumacher out for the final few points to win the Championship on the last race of Michael’s career.  Needless to say, I dislike the Spaniard, but then again, nobody asked me!


Furthermore, I have an even stronger skepticism for ole “Freddy” since the Renault conspiracy came to light in early September.  Of course, this is not to say that the, quasi-uni-brow donning, driver had anything to do with the controversial call to have teammate (at the time) Nelson Piquet, Jr., crash out of the race in Singapore over a year ago.  I suppose it is a classic case of “who done it”, and at the present, it appears that Briatore and Symonds have taken the fall.  While the Spaniard has been exonerated of any wrong-doing, I still have a hesitancy to absolve him of ALL responsibility in the matter.  He did, after all, go on to win that race…just not “fare and square”.


On the bright side, he has been stuck with a Renault team that has, for the most part, been less than stellar on the season and may be on the brink of destruction as a whole.  Thus, you have a Formula 1 Champ whom, quite possibly, may have soon been out of a ride, and thus hungry for more chances for victory.  Let’s just hope that he looks good in RED!!!!