Kimi Raikkonen drove out of his skin today, dishing out a historic F1 lap(the fastest one ever) and securing pole position in Ferrari’s home race.
It was an emotional moment for Raikkonen’s wife, who broke into tears after that scintillating Kimi lap in Q3, one that put the two WDC contenders out of a pole position.
And while Kimi would have enjoyed his high, the news from the Ferrari camp is not that great for the Finn.
According to reports in AMuS, Ferrari were set to announce Charles Leclerc’s signing after qualifying today, but decided against it, as Kimi had produced one of the greatest laps in F1 history.
The Ferrari management did not want to steal Kimi’s thunder away and thus decided to keep the announcement for another day.
As far as the announcement is concerned, we’ll now have to wait and see how Ferrari will reschedule it, but according to this very trusted source, Kimi won’t be in a Ferrari car from next season.
Now, it will be interesting to see how Ferrari approach the whole team orders thing tomorrow, especially with Kimi now out of a contract for 2019.
Sebastian Vettel would need all the points that he can gather in order to beat Lewis Hamilton for the title, but would Ferrari be in a position to ask Kimi to step aside?
Also, how cruel and unceremonious it would be if Ferrari announce Kimi’s departure tomorrow after he wins the Italian GP?
For Kimi fans, this would come as a massive blow especially after the high of today.
Let’s see what raceday has to offer and if it brings about any kind of change in the Ferrari decision.
For Leclerc though, this would come as a massive upgrade and it would be fun to see him drive that Ferrari on the grid next year.