F1 » Same questions, different team for Raikkonen


With Red Bull full, attention turns to Kimi Raikkonen's chances of joining Ferrari next season.

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thelogicalview

September 07, 2013 6:27 PM

It is clear Alonso is not happy, what if he decides to have a break for a season, Raikonnen is the obvious replacement while still keeping Massa on as some sort of continuity Unlikely, it's happened before!

Marybeth

September 07, 2013 10:09 PM

After Hungary FA was rumored to go to RBR. After Spa he was rumored to go to Lotus with Santander money. At Monza he is rumored to go to McLaren. Maybe Massa will be staying & Alonso will be out...?

Googolplex

September 08, 2013 6:03 AM

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"I don't think anything went wrong. Perhaps they wanted different things, I don't know. They have the option they think is the best, so that's fair enough."

Doesn't sound like Ricciardo was plan b to me.

rou

September 08, 2013 8:50 AM

I hope its Hulk to Ferrari, two rookies getting a top of the line drive in F1. Red Bull have taken a rookie, lets see if Ferrari are willing to take the risk.

I do suspect Ferrari will keep Massa around though since they can treat him like dirt and he accepts it knowing once his Ferrari days are done so are his competitive F1 race car days.

Latinlover

September 09, 2013 2:46 AM
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I suspect it is a done deal already. Ferrari (Montezemolo) wants to send Fernando a message, and what would bother Alonso more at this point?!

Alonso has the banks backup and Kimi is the way for Ferrari to leverage with him, plus get a motivated driver. They killed Massa's spirit for the past three years and now look at the result.

It would to be beautiful to see Massa at Lotus as N1 driver, partnering Nico Hulkenberg! Lotus would benefit from Massa's experience since there is no other driver available with the experience of having driven for a top team. Webber did Massa a favor. Hulk is green still, to lead a team, and don't forget Massa would have won 08's title if it wasn't for Ferrari' screw ups!

Kimi will put pressure on Alonso and I hope he comes in at the same level. It would to be nice, for the show even, to have FA and Kimi having the same status. But since Ferrari is a N1 and N2 kind of team Alonso should calm down otherwise Montezemolo will make him N2 regardless his s

Latinlover

September 09, 2013 2:57 AM

Imagine FA having to endure a N2 status. He would flip and quit. And that must be a clause for Ferrari to get rid of him and keep the sponsorship. That will happen, because Ferrari doesn't accept a driver to behave like he is doing. It will be great to see Kimi back to Ferrari.

But there is also also a chance Kimi and FA are switching places and that is good for Massa as well. Kimi doesnt seem to demand the status. He earns it at the track and for Massa that would represent a motivation to fight for.

Lets wait and see what happens.

Latinlover

September 09, 2013 5:03 AM

Ok... I am in the mood tonight! Bare with me:

What if Horner/RBR lured a unhappy Fernando to think he had a shot at their available seat and he bit the bait. Ok, that would shake Ferraris foundation not only this year but the next year as well. Why? Simple. Hiring Ricciardo they not only solved an immediate problem at a lower cost while screwing tremendouly the Alonso/Ferrari camp. Furthermore, if the Ferrari/Alonso's contract gives Alonso, at this point, the power (over Ferrari) to decide if he stays or not, imagine how would that make the italians at Ferrari. They will be pissed off at FA. So what do they do: they hire Kimi (also a hot shot and highly skilled) to stick to FA.

Latinlover

September 09, 2013 5:12 AM

Not only Horner/RBR screwed Ferrari this Year but the next year as well. So you can almost for sure count on a fifth championship for Red Bull, at the expense of Alonso fighting Kimi internally next year or moving to Lotus (FA plan B things turn incredibly bad the rest of this year at Ferrari).

And per Montezzemolos comments over FA comments over the radio things are really bad at Ferrari.

Cudos to Horner/RBR. Later.

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