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Briatore: Raikkonen is preventing Ferrari from beating Mercedes

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Former Renault F1 team principal Flavio Briatore doubts Ferrari will ever challenge Mercedes for the constructors title with Raikkonen in the team.

Kimi Raikkonen has been off the pace most season, and has only managed five podium finishes this season with a best finish of second place coming at Monaco and Hungary. While his teammate Sebastian Vettel has won 4 races alone this year. Additionally, Raikkonen last won a race in 2013, and won his first and only championship to date back in 2007.

Briatore reckons the Finn is preventing Ferrari from beating Mercedes to world titles.

"Certainly it is very difficult to win the constructors' title with Raikkonen," the Italian said to Spanish daily Marca.

"To win, you must have two drivers who are competitive and then you identify who should win the drivers' championship."

Briatore also believes that the Silver Arrows has won the development race towards the second half of the season.

"You win and lose races, but a championship is more like the Giro d'Italia," he added.

"Lewis and Mercedes have been the strongest, even if Ferrari did very well at the beginning.

"But I think Mercedes did the better job in development."

With 5 race wins in the last 6 races, Lewis Hamilton has extended his lead from Vettel to 66 points. A minimum finish of fifth place at the Mexican Grand Prix will guarantee him his fourth world championship.