Monday, 11 juny 2018, 18:46 , by Matthew Scott
Nico Rosberg was searingly honest when discussing the Formula 1 futures of the two most experienced drivers on the grid after the Canadian Grand Prix. Rosberg said Fernando Alonso's "politics" will keep him out of a top team, while Kimi Raikkonen is simply "past his prime".
Neither of the former world champions enjoyed much of a decent outing in Montreal on Sunday, with Alonso retiring from the race and Raikkonen finishing sixth, from fifth on the grid.
Luckily for Raikkonen, his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel was imperious, winning from pole.
Raikkonen has developed an unfortunate habit of making errors in qualifying this year, often leaving him out of position to fight for honours and Rosberg was scathing in his assessment of the 2007 champion.
Alonso was entering his 300th grand prix in Canada, but it ended in all-too familiar circumstances, with his McLaren breaking down.
The two-time champion is favourite for next week's Le Mans 24 Hours, as he goes for the Triple Crown - an ambition which could lead him into a full-time drive in IndyCar next year according to reports.
Although 2019 seats at Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari are up for grabs, Rosberg says Alonso's troublesome past in F1 has effectively blocked his chances of ever returning to the fight at the front.