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Approaching the halfway mark to the current season, Kimi Raikkonen is yet to prove that he is a worthy signing for Ferrari as the Finn has struggled to cope with the new regulations this year.
After eight races, Fernando Alonso has scored 79 points, featured on the podium once and is fourth in the drivers’ championship while teammate Raikkonen is in a lowly 12th with 19 points, 11 less than Felipe Massa, whom the Finn replaced at Maranello.
Raikkonen’s performance this season has been criticised by several observers with 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve calling for the Finn to adapt his driving style to the demands of the latest cars.
"For him, the gas is either fully open or nothing," Villeneuve said. "He is having a series of spins as though he is in Formula 3.
"If he can't drive in F1 anymore, he should go home... he shouldn't be making excuses at every Grand Prix like a rookie does.
"You can't go on like this when you're a world champion. You have no right to make excuses," he added.
Raikkonen, who admitted that he was struggling with the handling of the car and the behaviour of the tyres, signed a two-year contract with Ferrari which should see him partnering Alonso next year as well but speculation has suggested that it could end this year.
Another former world champion, Mika Hakkinen, believes that a driver change could be looming at Ferrari.
"The comments being made by Fernando Alonso do not sound like someone who will be with Ferrari for much longer," Hakkinen reckons. "And I don't want to say anything against Kimi Raikkonen, except that he is constantly behind his teammate."