Villeneuve: Räikkönen needs to step up or quit
24 June 2014 – Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen needs to either step up or go home, that's the uncompromising verdict of 1997 Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve.
Räikkönen has struggled this season since re-joining the Scuderia and his best results so far are two seventh places - although he did look on course for a podium in Monaco last month until the incident with Max Chilton. Last weekend, Kimi was tenth in Austria, while team-mate Fernando Alonso was fifth in the sister car. To date Räikkönen has scored 19 points compared to the 79 of Alonso.
"Kimi does not know how to drive with finesse. For him, the gas is either fully on or nothing. This year he has had a lot of spins as if he was still in Formula 3," Villeneuve told OmniCorse.it.
"If he cannot get the job done in F1, he should go home. He is a very experienced driver and should not be making excuses at every race as if he was a young rookie. You should only need two or three races to change the way you drive and adapt and if he cannot, it means there is a problem.
"You cannot go on like this and keep making excuses when you are a World Champion," added the outspoken Canadian.