Raikkonen has also been prepared to play the team game for Ferrari when required. There’s no moaning – he just gets on with it. And then when he gets the chance, he goes for it. Though he came up just short, Monza is a prime example. Leclerc has shown pace, but he’s also had off weekends. Is it really best to bring in an unproven quantity when Ferrari have such great momentum?

    In my view, Ferrari had time on their side before needing to promote Leclerc. Wait one more year and they would have had a driver who was still quick, but more rounded too. Put him in next year and, while there will be peaks, troughs are inevitable. That risks the constructors’ championship. It may also destabilise Vettel, which in turn could have a negative impact on the drivers’ title race.


    Standings Race Results China 2019

    1 Mercedes Mercedes Mercedes 438
    2 Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 288
    3 Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing 244
    4 McLaren McLaren McLaren 82
    5 Toro Rosso Toro Rosso Toro Rosso 43
    6 Renault Renault Renault 39
    7 Alfa Romeo Racing Alfa Romeo Racing Alfa Romeo Racing 32
    8 Racing Point Racing Point Racing Point 31
    9 Haas F1 Team Haas F1 Team Haas F1 Team 26
    10 Williams Williams Williams 1

    2019 Drivers Standings

    1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 250
    2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 188
    3 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 181
    4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 156
    5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 132
    6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing 63
    7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 58
    8 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing 31
    9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 27
    10 Lando Norris McLaren 24
    11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 22
    12 Lance Stroll Racing Point 18
    13 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 18
    14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 17
    15 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso 16
    16 Sergio Perez Racing Point 13
    17 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team 8
    18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1
    19 Robert Kubica Williams 1
    20 George Russell Williams