Wolfie wrote:One thing just came to my mind - Ain't it sweet that Kimi brings the wrong kind of publicity with his frequent crashes whereas Red Bull in F1 are soaking in positive publicity over their crash-free drivers and team management
Only one thing makes me sad: Is Kimi once again the scapegoat
Well, his comment about Kimi's "relatively frequent crashes and lack of results" is pretty weird. If anything, their expectations might have been wrong.
Kulta wrote something earlier (maybe from Germany), along the lines that RB is not satisfied with the level of WRC's publicity -and it threw up a red flag for me back then- but nobody ever said before that they have any kind of problem with Kimi.
Now it's understandable why Kulta implied that something is brewing around Kimi, why Kimi himself talked about something that "might not even happen", why Citroen's boss is talking about needing a sponsor to keep Kimi, and why nothing is settled yet despite that a decision was expected around Neste Rally.
It might be that RB expected Kimi to mix with the best around midseason already, or at least on tarmac. Even some experts did. With a bit of luck it could have happen, but it was still too much to expect from an absolute beginner.
Actually all this explains why Kimi choose WRC this year. It was a unique opportunity. One that he couldn't let pass. As much as I hate it, probably wouldn't even have happened without Ferrari kicking him out.