More than 20,000 Kimi Raikkonen fans have signed an online petition urging Ferrari to keep the Finnish Formula One driver for 2019. The 2007 world champion, winner of 20 Grands Prix, is widely expected to be replaced by rookie Charles Leclerc as a pilot for the Prancing Horse next year.
Organisers of the petition, on change.org, argued that the decision to ditch the 38-year-old was “not justifiable” and that the team needed him to keep the balance alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
“Kimi has also outperformed Vettel a number of times proving he is back on form and his drive in Monza just adds more credibility to that,” said petition organiser Christy John.
Ferrari are understood to have already made their decision to replace Raikkonen, the oldest driver on the grid, with Leclerc and an announcement to that effect is expected soon.
The 20-year-old Monegasque protege debuted for Sauber this season and has finished in the points five times.