In 88 races for McLaren Raikkonen has beenforced to retire from 21 of them because of car failure. And that doesn’t include the three races he had last year that were ruined before they began by engine failure in qualifying.
Many of Raikkonen’s high-profile retirements have been engine failures: Nurburgring ’03, Bahrain ’04, and those qualifying blow-ups in ’05. No wonder he’s of a mind to ditch Mercedes.
The ‘smart’ option for Raikkonen would surely be a team which has a championship-contending car and needs a number one driver. Step forward Renault.
But, speaking as a fan, I’d most like to see Raikkonen up against Fernando Alonso at McLaren, or on equal terms with Michael Schumacher at Ferrari. Though the latter would be undoubtedly be especially exciting, I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.