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2018-10-01 12:49

Image: BORIS HORVAT / AFP

Lewis Hamilton has questioned Ferrari's decision to axe Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finn and 2007 world champion is keeping his Formula 1 career alive at Sauber for the next two years, but Hamilton thinks Ferrari is making a mistake in letting him go.

'He is a fantastic driver'

In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Blick, Hamilton was asked if Raikkonen's impending departure from Ferrari might help his quest to win a fifth title this year.

READ: Kimi Raikkonen to leave Ferrari at end of 2018 - official

He answered: "I don't think Kimi is going to change in the last races.

"He is an extraordinary professional and a fantastic driver. He remains one of my favourite drivers, and I'm convinced that Ferrari is losing a very important driver.

"It does not make sense to me," said the Mercedes driver.

'The trust is there'

He said that if his own boss made a decision like Ferrari's, he would not be shy to let Toto Wolff know what he thinks.

"The trust is there between us. If Toto came up with a crazy idea we'd definitely discuss it. I'd say 'Toto, are you sure?" Hamilton said of Wolff.

Hamilton also said he hopes Red Bull is strong next year after its switch to Honda power.

"We need a third strong team. Otherwise it's boring - I want to have more of these guys to beat.

"Red Bull has been building a great car for years, but I often wonder if the management there is always making the right decisions," he said.

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