Whether for his performance on the track or off it, the question has never been more pertinent: What is the point of Kimi Raikkonen anymore? Before his retirement the 'Iceman' delivered another insipid performance in Bahrain, but it's not just his driving that is questionable.
Ferrari want to prioritise a lead driver and that could only ever be Sebastian Vettel.
But does Raikkonen really have to be so passive on-track?
It's not like Vettel is unbeatable within his team. Daniel Ricciardo has shown as much and Ferrari should be desperate to make good on the rumours linking them with the Australian over the weekend.
They can kiss goodbye to any hopes of future team titles if they allow Ricciardo to take a seat at Mercedes next year.
After being jumped by Valtteri Bottas off the line, Raikkonen made little to no attempt to get back at his fellow Finn and settled in for a podium place, some five seconds down on the Mercedes ahead.
Raikkonen seemingly made little immediate attempt to check on the health of Francesco Cigarini, who had suffered a broken leg when the driver was released unsafely, instead storming into the garage and taking out his frustrations on a water bottle.
Given the adrenaline-fuelled madness of the moment, this reaction is at least understandable. It's a similar theme that led to Hamilton calling Max Verstappen a "dickhead" in the cool room.
Far less heartening was Raikkonen's public statement shortly afterwards.
"I don't know what shape he is in. For sure it is not great for him."
Hardly the most sympathetic of responses.
The only place any real contrition could be found was in his statement released by the team.
It wasn't the only time Raikkonen's words left a sour taste. Indeed, his performance in Thursday's pre-race press conference was truly bizarre.
Asked a fairly banal question about what he would like to see changed in F1, given Liberty Media were set to announce plans for rule changes the day after, Raikkonen launched into a weird diatribe.
"I don't have the power so what's the point to wasting… even thinking about it because I don't understand why you… what's the point for me, to give you a list, because in the end I have zero power?
"I can't. You understand? We can’t, we don’t make the rules, that's my point.
"What's the point of even making a story out of it?"
We all know Raikkonen isn't the biggest fan of media commitments.
But the cool Kimi of a decade ago might have said with a grin: "I'd only change these press conferences."
Instead, an opportunity for one of the most experienced drivers on the grid to give Liberty a public steer on the kind of issues that are closest to the sport's stars was wasted.
Perhaps tellingly, Fernando Alonso and Bottas both said closer racing would be their top priority when asked the same question.
Would Raikkonen even make the most of it if it were achieved? It doesn't look likely.
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