Formula 1’s new "galactic" drivers cause heated debate well before their first outing together in a ferrari. "The dream team alonso-raikkonen, courageous but dangerous choice," headlined the italian "la gazzetta dello sport".
"In a few years the return of kimi raikkonen will be remembered as the one that brought back the former glory? Or will we remember a disaster, a relationship that ended in tears for the second time in just a few seasons??" Asked ex-pilot david coulthard in an article for the british newspaper "the telegraph.
While sebastian vettel and his red-bull team can prepare for the singapore grand prix and the next step toward a fourth title in a row, everything at ferrari is currently revolving around the high-profile and highly explosive future driver pairing with the undisputed alpha animal fernando alonso and the last world champion in a ferrari outfit to date (2007). No, it was "not an anti-alonso choice," scuderia team boss stefano domenicali said after the decision to give the spaniard, who has already been publicly nobbled several times, a driver of equal caliber. Because above all the drivers’ names stand the interests of ferrari, so the credo of the italians.
And so the scuderia does not want to deviate from its principles, even with the first world championship pairing since 1953. At least at the start of the coming season, the ex-champions will be on an equal footing. "Then in the course of the season, if the situation due to the world championship points gives it that one driver helps the other, it is logical and right that this also happens," explained domenicali in a detailed statement.
So just imagine: raikkonen is on course for the world championship and alonso gets a radio message from his current helper felipe massa, as he once did at the german race in 2010: "kimi is faster than you. Can you confirm that you have understood this message?"Alonso already had a hard time sharing the spotlight with the strong up-and-comer lewis hamilton at mclaren in 2008. "It will be easier with raikkonen?" Asked "the guardian," only to give the answer immediately afterwards: "probably not."
This year, alonso and raikkonen are still chasing permanent dominator vettel in rival teams. Next year, the "galacticos of formula 1" ("daily mail") will rival each other in the same team. "I would just say that the combination with fernando and kimi is the best you can have in formula 1 today," domenicali stressed.
The cockpits of the top three teams – ferrari, mercedes with hamilton and nico rosberg, and red bull with vettel and newcomer daniel ricciardo – have been allocated for the coming year. At mclaren it is assumed that there will be another collaboration with ex-champion jenson button and mexican sergio perez. Raikkonen’s vacancy remains at lotus.
The successor to the finn is to be determined "in the near future. Team manager eric boullier announced on the homepage of the racing team. When exactly a verkundung is to be expected, he did not say in the interview, however. Nor who the candidates are.
However, he had already confirmed that the emmerich nico hulkenberg of the swiss clean team pays in addition. Currently in talks with a few people, boullier explained. "We are in the privileged position of being the most sought-after team that currently still has a vacant seat."