Will Kimi Raikkonen Return to His Winning Days?

Mustafa SariContributor INovember 30, 2008

Kimi Raikkonen, we know who he is? He was the 2007 world champion and he was the fastest man on the grid this year, but he didn't have the season he wanted.

When I look at the future, Kimi had to take his leadership in the team against Massa because this year media generally hoped for Kimi's year but Massa got stronger and stronger in every race.

Also Massa out-paced Kimi this year with a car which hoped to suit Kimi. In 2009 pre-season testing Kimi has to work with the car and adapt his driving style to the new model. Ferrari have assigned Kimi 9000km to drive in testing so this should help the former champion.

Next year I hope Kimi will return his winning form because this year he always had the speed for winning races but his driving style is not a friend for the updates of the F2008.

In 2003 and 2005, Kimi was really fast and he had superb races such as Indianapolis 2003 or Suzuka 2005. In the media everybody criticised Kimi about motivation but everybody forgets that he is a world champion and if he has problems with the car. Even Schumi had the same faith in 2005.

I also agree with Luca Di Montezemolo about Kimi. Kimi has nothing to prove, he lost two championships by mechanical problems and he did amazing things with bad cars so Kimi is still the same Kimi but sometimes every driver has bad seasons.

I think next year Kimi will shine again. He must adapt his driving style to the new car, be fast and give a song to the whole grid. Alonso and Kimi are very good drivers, they know how to win races and championships so Kimi will return to his form after the real pre-season tests and the first races will show how the season will be for Kimi.

I wanted to add that Kimi Raikkonen or what we call "ICEMAN" has the Finnish talent. When I look at Kimi's F1 career, in 2004, 2006 and 2008 he fought for third or lower in championship but in 2003, 2005 and 2007 he fought for being world champion so with a winning car Kimi has the chance of fighting for the WDC.

This time it will be much harder than the past because there is the BMW's, Renault's, Mclaren's and his team mate to confront on the grid. He will be a world champion again, he has the talent and speed also has a team to help him to become world champion.

But the fact is that he must use these elements better than anyone else on the grid. These elements makes a driver complete and a champion. Making difference is always a issue in the F1 grid.

Will Kimi do that mission? The first half of the 2009 season will show us. Did Kimi do his homework good enough or not?