Jarno Trulli: "Raikkonen should've helped Vettel"

03-09-2018 19:30
by Nicolás Quarles van Ufford
Jarno Trulli: Raikkonen should've helped Vettel

Former F1 driver Jarno Trulli thinks that Kimi Raikkonen was too aggressive at the start of the Italian Grand Prix, and thinks that the Finn should've let his teammate Sebastian Vettel in the first corner, where Raikkonen shut the door.

Trulli was a one-time Grand Prix winner, as the Italian won the 2004 Monaco Grand Prix for Toyota. He remains the last Italian to have competed in the Formula One, with Trulli being active for Lotus up until and including 2011. Who remembers those classic Trulli Trains during Grands Prix?

"Raikkonen should've let Vettel slip past," the Italian said on Italian radio show Tutti Convocati.

"Instead, he closed off his teammate hard, which also surprised Lewis Hamilton.

"It was possible to overtake Raikkonen, but he shut the door - there was no strategy to help Vettel win."

On the collision between Hamilton and Vettel, Trulli explained why this is why Hamilton is the better driver than Vettel, as the Brit simply doesn't make these mistakes.

"He [Vettel] has made several mistakes this season, particularly in France and in Germany, where he threw away a victory.

"Without those [mistakes] the ranking would be different.

"Hamilton is the better driver because of his ability to minimize these mistakes."

Trulli himself ended up competing in fourteen seasons of Formula One between 1997 and 2011, driving for six teams in total. He was most known for his time at Toyota between 2004 and 2009, where he won his race and was overall the most competitive.

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